Shelley Kester

457 Munson Avenue
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
United States
Office Phone: 231-922-6800
Member since 2009
Membership Type: IACP



Shelley A. Kester is an award-winning attorney, a community leader, a dynamic communicator and a caring individual. Her practice includes all areas of divorce and family law. She is one of the area’s few attorneys to hold a Certificate of Completion in the area of Family Law issued by the Institute of Continuing Education and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and has presented for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Solo and Small Firm Institute as well as served as commentator for continuing legal education programs.

Area(s) of Practice: Family Law
License(s): Michigan, Attorney

Professional Activities

Family Law Council, Member, State Bar of Michigan. Committee Member: Legislation, Domestic Violence, Membership, Ad Hoc Child Custody. Current Family Court Forum Table Leader, 2018 Member, International Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals beginning in 2009 Past Founding Chair - Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center Michigan Children's Trust Fund - Past Board of Director by Governor Appointment for two terms Past President - Grand Traverse*Leelanau*Antrim Bar Association Former Mayor of Traverse City, 1996

Undergraduate Education

Michigan State University, B.A. Political Science, 1986

Postgraduate Education

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1989

Professional Education

Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Certificate, 2009, 2017


My practice is dedicated to family law. I use both traditional, collaborative and early stage mediation to resolve family law disputes. I am a member of the Collaborative Institute of Michigan and invite you to contact our office to learn more about Collaborative Divorce.