Shanelle Schmitz is an attorney whose practice focuses on counseling and designing individualized estate plans that facilitate the financial and legacy goals of individuals and families. Along with estate planning, her practice includes probate estate and trust administration, and she represents clients in probate court in probate estate and trust matters, guardianships, and conservatorships. Shanelle has chosen to focus on the areas of estate planning, trust administration, elder law, and probate law because she enjoys being able to help her clients ensure their loved ones are protected and thereby providing her clients peace of mind. She also enjoys helping her clients navigate the legal system upon the death or incapacity of their loved ones, and her goal is to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for her clients. Shanelle is passionate about her work as she truly appreciates learning about her clients’ lives and building long-lasting relationships with her clients.
Shanelle is a member of the Arizona State Bar and is admitted to practice in the Federal District Courts of Arizona. She graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2010, and she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management in business administration in 2006.
Shanelle has worked as a judicial law clerk for a trial court judge, and an appellate court judge. Shanelle also worked as an Arizona Assistant Attorney General, civilly prosecuting individuals and businesses that were in violation of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. Shanelle has extensive experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil, consumer fraud, probate estate and trust litigation matters.
Outside of work, Shanelle enjoys giving back to the local community and currently serves on the board of directors of the W. Wright Foundation, which provides scholarships to women, and is the board secretary of the Funeral Consumer Alliance of Arizona. She is a member of Wealth Counsel, the Pima County Bar Association, and serves as a volunteer lawyer for Step Up to Justice. She enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, photography, reading, and hiking the many beautiful trails in Southern Arizona.