Shelby was raised in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley in Washington State. She then went to Washington State University, majoring in Criminal Justice. After graduating with honors, she attended Willamette University College of Law.
Continuing her passion for criminal law, she spent two years at the Marion County District Attorney’s Office in Salem, Oregon. While there, she focused on DUII prosecution.
After visiting family in Bend numerous times, she decided to continue her legal career there, this time focusing on criminal defense.
Shelby’s goal is to ensure that her clients are well-informed about their case in order to make the best decisions going forward. In addition to her case load, Shelby volunteers with the Lawyer in the Library program and is on the board of Deschutes Family Recovery.
In her spare time, Shelby enjoys everything Bend has to offer outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
I was lucky enough to find Shelby Thomas to represent me. Her firm charges a flat fee rather than the customary incremental billing. I believe this saved me hundreds of dollars. Shelby is knowledgeable about Oregon law and has an easy going and personable nature. I was guided through the process clearly and had all my questions answered as we went. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, I would highly recommend Shelby Thomas to help get you through it with compassion and dignity!
Shelby was my attorney last year for a criminal defense case. She was attentive; always getting back to my questions and concerns quicker than expected, extremely knowledgeable, professional, kind, and empathetic. She seems to have a very good working rapport with people and agencies within the judicial system, reiterating her respected level of skill, knowledge and professionalism. One year after hiring her for my case I was in need of her help with an issue in some classes I was taking related to it. She didn't hesitate to step in to meditate and resolve the problem when she certainly didn't have to. Although I hope to never need her services again, I would highly recommend her to anyone who does!
Shelby provided excellent support, guidance, and help throughout navigating my DUI. She answered all my questions in a timely manner, professionally, and with empathy for my situation. I felt like Shelby was my therapist - providing validation for what was for me a very scary situation. I would highly recommend Shelby to anyone seeking an attorney!
Shelby has been representing me with some probation issues. Shelby makes it a priority to stay in great communication and gave me a sense of importance. She has always been helpful, professional and courteous. I would recommend her to anyone. My experience with her has been great. Shelby is a class act and she can hold her own! She belongs to a law firm that has a lot of respect in the community. It won’t be long and she will be one of the top attorneys around.
Excellent professional manner in meeting and following up as she says she will. I find that Shelby puts in the time to such research as may be needed and always follow through as she said she would. Terrific communication skills so that at every turn I was informed and encouraged to ask any relevant question which came to mind. I could see that her interactions with the court and prosecuting attorney were mutually respectful and professional a matter highly reassuring as we appeared before the court.
I feel fortunate to have this attorney represent me.
Shelby helped me when I was denied a probation extension so I could finish up my community service hours. We were up against the deadline and she acted immediately by contacting the DAs office and filing paperwork with the courts. Within days I was granted my extension. Shelby’s communication was superb and I will use her if the need arises in the future.