University of Georgia School of Law Juris Doctor, cum laude
University of Georgia, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts, English, cum laude
Ms. Shockley is a 2002 honors graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. Ms. Shockley began her practice in the large regional law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, where she was a member of the commercial and business litigation team. Her intense training in complex commercial and business litigation provided a strong foundation for a sophisticated domestic practice. In 2007, after determining her calling was to serve individual clients in more personal matters, Ms. Shockley joined the leading Atlanta family law practice of Kessler & Solomiany, LLC (at the time Kessler, Schwarz & Solomiany, PC). Since that time, Ms. Shockley has focused her practice entirely on complex family law matters where she has experienced great personal and professional satisfaction serving individuals during what is often the most difficult time in their lives.
In Rachel's Words:
“I focus on a solid academic practice without ever losing sight of the fact that I am dealing with people’s lives and the things that are the most important to them. At the end of the day, my client is not a “case.” My client is a person. I believe strongly that it is my job to be a good steward of that client’s resources, both financial and emotional. My goal is for the client to come through this process in the healthiest possible posture to launch successfully into the next phase of their life.”
State Bar of Georgia
United States Federal Court, Northern District of Georgia
Memberships and Honors
Georgia Trend Legal Elite 2015
Georgia Trend Legal Elite 2014
Georgia Trend Legal Elite 2013
Selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011
Selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010
Atlanta Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section
Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
Atlanta Bar Association, Women in the Profession
Guest Lecturer in Family Law at Georgia State University College of Law
Guest Lecturer in Family Law at John Marshall School of Law
Lamar Inn of Court
Editorial Board, Journal of Intellectual Property Law, University of Georgia School of Law
Rachel is an incredibly sharp, experienced and exceptional attorney. Divorce is a very personal, individualized experience and often an incredibly trying time. Rachel‘s ability to guide her clients through all facets of the process with a deep understanding and consideration of their individual needs, concerns, and fears is an absolute gift. The divorce process for some of us is a roller coaster, filled with unpredictable twists and turns and often times, clouded by emotional ups and downs. The legal system itself doesn’t seem to “help” us find a more straightforward and collaborative way, especially when custody issues are involved. Rachel fights hard for her clients in all of the right ways, and provides such a healthy, logical perspective on what issues simply aren’t worth it. She is strategic, thoughtful, empathetic, collaborative and when needed, a shrewd negotiator to the counterparty. Throughout it all, she strikes the perfect balance of embracing your emotional needs, tenaciously pursuing your desired outcome and also pushing you to compromise when its in the best interest of you and your children. I never imagined myself going through a divorce and I was initially devastated by the circumstances that brought me toRachel‘s office. I started my journey fearful of the outcomes that lay ahead for myself, my future relationship with my prior spouse and most importantly, our young children. Because of Rachel, I knew I had someone by my side to help me find strength, balance and perspective. She is a stellar attorney and fully invests herself in her clients’ wellbeing. She understood my needs, empowered me to make the right choices and ultimately led me on a path that prioritized our children and the best possible outcome for our family.
Highly intelligent, trustworthy, passionate, kind, tough, 1st class at all times, experienced, somehow has the ability to make you feel like her only client, the divorce lawyer that you need in your corner. Hold yourself completely accountable, be honest with her at all times and she will fight for your life in the trenches. Top shelf lawyer, even better person!
So, if you are reading this, you have already made the first step to make a horrible situation better. Let’s face it, none of us ever wants to have to employ an attorney. We were recommended to Rachel through an acquaintance that heard of our situation. He insisted we could not get anyone better than her to represent us and he was right. From the beginning she set expectations and began to help us resolve our ongoing custody battle. We had hired two attorneys previously who did not seem interested in a resolution but a continued pay day from us. In both instances, it was overly costly and the results were not what we had hoped. Rachel was a huge blessing to our blended family. She fought for us when it was needed- which was often as the other party loved playing games throughout the process. Rachel was calm and diligent to get it all resolved so that we would not have to do this again. Her pricing was fair and she did not fluff her hours. After our previous experiences, she was such a breathe of fresh air. Her confidence and ability to deliver was outstanding. She set realistic expectations. when it started getting rough, she got in the trenches and went to battle for us. I would and have recommended her to SO many people. They have thanked us profusely for connecting them with her. You will not be disappointed.
Grateful for Rachel.
I am a lawyer myself and found my divorce to be complex, emotional and greatly impactful to my life, and more importantly, the lives of my children. Rachel provided skilled legal advice, thoughtful approaches and compassionate attention. She is adept at both negotiation and litigation is personally committed to getting the best result for each of her clients. I highly recommend her.
During one of the most difficult and emotionally wrenching times of our life, Rachel Shockley was one of the most caring and skilled professionals we encountered. Her expertise as a family law attorney is top-notch. She helped and supported my family through a series of difficult child custody hearings, prevailing when it mattered most. Rachel really does put the interest of the child first, and works to encourage positive and cooperative co-parenting. Litigation is not her first response when other strategies can be more effective, however when she has to litigate she is one of the most thoroughly prepared attorneys I have ever worked with, personally or professionally, and she’s the one you want on your side. She is professional yet tough, and was dogged in her representation on both the letter and spirit of the law. As important, Rachel was a responsible steward of my family’s emotional wellbeing. Family law is difficult and having someone who cares about you and your family is key to managing the stress. I highly recommend Rachel to anyone in need of expert legal counsel for his or her family.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. Prenuptial Agreements in the State of Georgia. To be published in upcoming edition of American Journal of Family Law and as a chapter in Drafting Prenuptial Agreements.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. January, 2013.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. and Michael D. Deeb. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. October, 2012.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. and Michael D. Deeb. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. August, 2012.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. and Michael D. Deeb. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. July, 2012.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. and Michael D. Deeb. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. May, 2012.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. April, 2012.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. March, 2012.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. February, 2012.
Rachel Simpson Shockley, Esq. Case Law Update. The Family Lawyer, Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section. January, 2012.
Rachel Simpson Shockley. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the First Amendment: Can They Co-Exist?Journal of Intellectual Property Law. Spring, 2001.