The Family Law Office of Leslie J. Shaw is dedicated to providing the highest degree of service, professionalism, and integrity. We offer creative solutions for complex divorce. As your trusted divorce lawyer in Reno, NV, we offer full-service family law counsel.


Over the course of his 40-year legal career, Leslie J. Shaw has narrowed and focused his civil litigation practice to the exclusive subject matter of family law with an emphasis on divorce. He located his family law practice to Reno, NV to represent clients with matters concerning Divorce, Property Division, Child Custody, and Child & Spousal Support.




Representing clients throughout the states of Nevada and California – and being awarded the status of a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California – he continually rededicates himself to representing his clients at the highest possible level. A family law dispute is sometimes the only experience a spouse and/or a parent has ever had with the judicial system; this experience can seem bewildering, it can be anxiety producing, and it often creates a sense of instability and unpredictability about one’s future. Leslie J. Shaw is a family law attorney which has, over the course of the past four decades, represented his clients effectively in advocacy in litigation, and just as importantly, in understanding and addressing those concerns, fears, and anxieties that litigation often creates. His practice in these neighboring states, where issues often arise of consideration or application of the law of one state in another, lends itself to his particular expertise, experience, and knowledge of family law litigation and the client experience of such litigation.


Divorce attorney Leslie Shaw has more than 40 years’ experience practicing law in the courts of both Nevada and California. He brings extensive knowledge and experience of family law and understands how the differences in state law could affect a client’s case.


Our family law office is dedicated to effectively representing the claims, contentions, and defenses of our clients, and at the same time doing so with understanding and compassion for the very difficult challenge that is divorce.


The service of our law office extends to the full range of family law issues – including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, and child custody – that face anyone considering or proceeding with a divorce in either Nevada or California.


Divorce potentially represents the most traumatic time – and the most substantial financial transaction – most people will ever experience. The emotional impact of the change in marital and family status makes decision-making and charting a clear and effective future challenging.

Community property states have certain, and oftentimes common, standards for property division. Nonetheless, properly valuing and dividing marital assets and liabilities can have a lifelong impact on our clients, and we are devoted to providing our clients the best possible result.

If family law is the mother of all civil litigation, then child custody is the mother of all family law litigation. Nothing is more sacred to almost any parent, and no interest is more protected in law, than that of an individual being allowed to be a parent to their own child. With most parents, the uncertainties of California and Nevada child custody litigation and determinations are the greatest source of anxiety and stress in any action in which such matters are to be decided.

Maintaining the rights and well-being of children requires proper financial assistance of both parents, and our clients are assured that those goals will be vigorously pursued. Less formulaic, spousal support is key to allowing many of our clients to proceed with life after divorce.




Leslie J. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law. He has been admitted to practice law in the State of California since 1976 and the State of Nevada since 1977. He has been a certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California since 1983. In 2016, Leslie J. Shaw obtained a seven-figure judgment, including punitive damages, against CitiMortgage, Inc. in the United States Federal District Court for mortgage servicer misconduct.



Kris is a graduate of the University of California at Davis.  She has been a certified paralegal since 1985, graduating from UCLA’s ABA-approved Paralegal Certification Program. She is a former clerk of the Family Law Department of the South Lake Tahoe Session of the Superior Court of the State of California, County of El Dorado.


"Leslie Shaw was invaluable and instrumental in allowing me to continue to be an active and involved father to my children, the operator of my business. and proceeding with my life after a very difficult and high contentious dissolution of my marriage."

Jack L.


Family Law Office of Leslie J. Shaw

275 Hill Street, Ste. 200

Reno, Nevada 89501

Mon - Thurs: 9am - 5pm

​​Fri - Sun: Closed