Shelley A. Goff

Shelley A. Goff

Admitted to Practice Law

State of Iowa
State of Nebraska (inactive)
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


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.)

[Veteran Pension and Medicaid Planning] I and my family are very pleased with the result of our association with Goff and Goff. Their expertise in the area of elder law [and] estate planning was just what we were looking for. Their patience with me concerning my many worries and questions was very much appreciated. They really care about their clients. JGG 11.13.18

Mr. Goff personally helped me when I was facing a possible felony, his work was extremely efficient and he kept me well updated throughout the process. Mr. Goff clearly explained all of my options and advised me on everything that I should do in order to overcome the charges. I would highly recommend Goff & Goff Attorneys to anyone that is in need of legal advice. Mr. Goff managed to make a very difficult situation easier to cope with as I was well informed and knew exactly where I stood. 5 out of 5 stars!  EA 11.8.2018

I had been struggling with some questions concerning my mom and her house for a few months. I had talked to people, social workers...lawyers...friends and family and no one could give me any concrete answers. I was searching for someone that might be able to answer my specific questions, found Mr. Goff doing a google search and I am so thankful to him who within a few minutes was able to answer the questions that I had been struggling with. If you are looking for an elder law attorney, please give him a call, I don't think that you will be disappointed.5 of 5 stars. DC 10.24.18.

My case has been ongoing for the past 4 years with no results, until I decided on Goff & Goff Law Firm. My prayers were answered, and you accomplished in 1 year what others could not succeed in doing. I am so very grateful you accepted my case. I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude and thanks for representing. 5 of 5 stars. RA 9.28.17.

Excellent. I hired Ms. Goff for a name change there was some complications on my end but Ms Goff was professional, responsive and did everything I could ask for from a lawyer. 5 of 5 stars. Ab 10.12.17.

This Law firm is well Established. With that being said, the key to any Law firm is Production. This is what I can truly say as a proud client of this firm. They have caring hearts, & caring Hands with their clients. Humbly submitted, 5 of 5 stars. AC 7.6.14

"Child Custody. Ms Shelley was outstanding!!! I highly recommend her. I was seeking help with visitation and ended up getting my son completely. My life has changed completely because of Ms Shelley. She has shown me that fathers have just as much rights to their child as mothers do. This was a learning and life changing experience. Thank you Ms Shelley A. Goff. 5 of 5 stars. T 6.28.16"

"Excellent Attorney. I’m highly pleased with Mr. Goff's services, the diligence and expertise he provided were excellent. I would not hesitate to use him in the future. Mr. Goff handled my case personally, the diligence and expertise he provided excelled above and beyond my expectations. He took time to address any issues or concerns I had, provided guidance, and made sure I was informed of everything taking place throughout the suit. I'm highly pleased with the services. 5 of 5 stars. CS 10.3.2017"

"Passion. Attorney Goff had such grace and compassion for me during a very difficult time I faced. He told me what I needed to do during one of the most emotional moments in my life. Add, Thank you for being and Man of God and a total professional. I can see why you are successful, it is your love of people. Thank you! 5 of 5 stars. GW 10.12.17"

"I used both Shelley and Addison for various domestic issues including a divorce and legal aspects of estate management including a will. I was extremely pleased with both. Their work was consistently professional, timely, and clear. I was able to understand all my legal options as they provided including their recommendations based on their vast legal experience. 5 of 5 stars. JK 10.12.17"

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Physical Address
612 North Vienna Street
Ruston, Louisana 71270

Mailing Address
PO Box 2050
Ruston, Lousisana 71273

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