Tammy L. Shefelbine


Tammy L. Shefelbine

Rochester, Minnesota

An early experience with the law when she was just twelve years old convinced Tammy that she wanted to be an attorney. Since then, Tammy has developed a deep compassion for her clients, who are often experiencing trying and emotionally complex family law issues. Tammy believes that she cannot fully understand or address her clients’ legal issues without trying to step into their shoes and see their situation from their perspective. Clients have recognized this, and find Tammy to be a great balance between a comforting resource and a zealous advocate.

Tammy has extensive experience in virtually all areas of family law, including high asset divorce, high conflict child custody, parenting time, paternity, child support, adoption, spousal maintenance, child protection, property distribution, financial distribution, debt distribution, pension and retirement division, farm cases, protection orders, and harassment restraining orders.

In addition, Tammy is an experienced mediator and is often retained by other attorneys to assist in resolving family disputes.  She has also assisted parents as a parenting time expeditor, early neutral evaluator, and a custody study evaluator.

In addition to dedicating a great amount of time to her clients, Tammy stays actively involved in the Rochester community and the greater legal community. She currently serves on the Third Judicial District Ethics Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Sisters of St. Francis Mission Advancement Advisory Council, the Ministerial Review Board, Family Services Rochester, and the Family Access Center Committee.  Tammy also finds time to serve as a leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Areas of Practice

  • Individual & Family
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Paternity
  • Child Support
  • Adoption
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Child Protection
  • Property Distribution
  • Financial Distribution
  • Debt Distribution
  • Pension and Retirement
  • Protection Orders
  • Harassment Restraining Orders

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certification in Child Abuse Prevention Studies , University of Minnesota , 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2002


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2002
  • Hamline University Graduate School of Management, St. Paul, MN, USA
    • M.A. - 2004
    • Major: Public Administration
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    • B.S. - 1996
    • Major: Child Psychology
    • Major: Family Social Sciences
    • Major: Sociology

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Lawrence Agerter, Judicial Law Clerk, 2003 - 2004
  • Honorable Joseph F. Chase, Judicial Law Clerk
  • Minnesota State Senate Counsel & Research , Law Clerk, 2000 - 2002
  • Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Law Clerk/Legal Secretary, 2001 - 2002
  • Ramsey County Attorney's Office, Law Clerk, 2000
  • Children's Law Center of Minnesota, Law Clerk, 2000