Shelley A. Goff



Areas of Practice:   General Practice, including but not limited to Divorce,  Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, Criminal Appeals, Post-Conviction Relief, Habeas Corpus, Firearm Product Liability, Employment Discrimination, Wills & Estates, and Family Law.**  Louisiana Registered Child Custody and Visitation Mediator.


Admitted to Practice Law

State of Iowa

State of Nebraska

State of Louisiana

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States District Court,

        Western District of Louisiana

        Northern District of Iowa

        District of Nebraska


Education

University of South Dakota School of Law, Juris Doctorate Degree, May, 1990.

Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa., Bachelor of Science, May 1987; Business Administration with emphasis in Industrial Relations (minor in Psychology).


Published Cases:

State v. Ortiz, No. 07-1707 (Iowa 5/29/2009)

In re Marriage of Strong, No. 8-127/07-1085 (Iowa App. 2/27/2008)

Murray v. City of Onawa, 323 F.3d 616 (8th Cir. 2003)

Wever v. Lincoln County, NE, 388 F.3d 601 (8th Cir. 2004)

Engelhaupt v. Village of Butte, 248 Neb. 827, 539 NW2d 430 (Neb. 1995)

Welsch v. Graves, 582 NW2d 312 (Neb 1998)

Warren County Bd of Health v. Warren County Bd of Supervisors, 2002 IA 1323 (IA 2002)

Stephens v. Piullen, 12 Neb. App. 600 (NE 2004)

Bargmann v. Soll Oil Co, 574 NW2d 478 (Neb 1998)


Honors and Activities

Member, National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Recipient, Blackstone Order 10:1, from La. Assoc. Criminal Defense Lawyers (awarded after Shelley obtained a “not guilty” verdict on behalf of her client in a federal criminal jury trial).

Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming

       Graduate, Class of 2004

Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Iowa Trial Lawyers Association

      Prior Board of Governors member

      Continuing Education Lecturer

           Employment Law

           Collection Law


Magistrate-Judge Nomination Committees

United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa

Twice appointed by Hon. Mark W. Bennett, Chief Judge, Northern District of Iowa.

(Committee to Nominate Federal Magistrate Judges for the District)

Appointment of Magistrate Judge Paul A. Zoss

Appointment of Magistrate Judge John S. Scoles


Federal Practice Committee 2007

United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa

Appointed by Hon. Linda R. Reade, Chief Judge, Northern District of Iowa.

(Committee to determine the necessity of changes to the local rules of court.)


Blue Ribbon Committee 2007

United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa

Appointed by Hon. Linda R. Reade, Chief Judge, Northern District of Iowa.

(Committee formed by the court to explore how the court and attorneys can improve the delivery of justice in criminal cases and improve the efficiency of the process and reduce the costs to taxpayers while still preserving the highest quality of legal services.)


Federal Public Defender Reappointment Committee

United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa 2005

Appointed by Hon. Michael J. Melloy, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

(Committee to review reappointment of Chief Federal Public Defender)


Woodbury County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee

2002 to 2007

(Committee members serve as arbitrators for fee disputes between lawyers and their clients.)




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