Shelley Thompson is a Shareholder at the law firm, Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. Shelley handles all aspects of Wills, Trusts, and Estate matters at the firm. She assists clients with estates, probate, charitable giving, guardianships and conservatorships, planned giving, passing on businesses, contracts, buy-sell agreements, operating agreements, and prenuptial agreements. Shelley also represents fiduciaries in assisting with trust and estate litigation and administration. Shelley’s litigation experience includes years of trusts and estates litigation, with prior experience in complex securities litigation, business disputes, and bankruptcy adversary litigation.
Shelley is a member of the Denver Estate Planning Council, the Trusts and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the American Association of University Women, and the Women’s Estate Planning Council. She regularly speaks, writes, and presents on and trusts and estates issues. Shelley was chosen by SuperLawyers as a 2016 Colorado Rising Star in Estate Planning and Probate, and as a finalist in for the Young Professional Award 2009 by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She also received the Client’s Choice Award in 2015 by Avvo Advisor.
Shelley has performed a wide variety of other community work, including volunteer work for the homeless in Denver, and pro bono litigation and on behalf of foreign-born U.S. citizens, achieving changes to New York law. Originally from the Denver area, Shelley received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Juris Doctor and Masters of Arts in International Affairs with an emphasis in Latin America, from American University in Washington D.C. Shelley is licensed to practice law in Colorado and New York. She is proficient in Spanish.
Juris Doctor and Masters of Arts in International Affairs, American University, Washington D.C. – 2001
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder – 1996
Areas of Expertise:
Small business matters and disputes
- Shelley regularly speaks on planned giving, and trusts and estates legal issues.
- Denver Estate Planning Council
- Colorado Bar Association - Trusts and Estate Section
- Colorado Women’s Bar Association
- American Association of University Women
- Women’s Estate Planning Council
- New York
- Globalization of the Securities Markets: Effects on Investor Protection, ABA Journal, International Lawyer, Winter 2007-2008, 41 INTLLAW 1121.