Shelly Jean John with forest background

About Me

I have always had a passion for helping and empowering others. After completing my undergraduate degree in Communications and Political Science, I was intrigued by the challenges and opportunities of a legal career and decided to pursue that wholeheartedly. I'm so glad to have made that decision, as through my education and professional experience, I have truly felt time and again that this is my calling.

My Legal Background

Since graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1998, I have been proudly serving individuals and families across Southern California with high-quality legal services in the area of family law. I opened my own firm in 2000, and to expand the services I was able to offer clients, became a trained mediator and completed Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training with SCPG.

We are all here to impact humanity in a different way, and this is my way of helping those who are going through a hard time.

Why Choose the Law Office of Shelly Jean John?

I love helping people come up with creative, outside-the-box solutions to fit their unique needs. With over two decades of experience working in family law, I have helped my clients successfully work through mediation and collaborative divorce methods to help them resolve their issues out of court.

I understand that not everything can be resolved through those approaches, so I offer varying levels of legal service to meet the needs and means of every potential client. Whether a client needs a Lawyer For a Day, ongoing legal coaching, or full representation, I can help them find a way forward. 

Full-Service Family Law Firm in Ontario, California

When you choose to work with me, you choose what service works best for your specific situation. I offer many legal services to choose from, including:

  • Full Representation
  • Mediation
  • Unbundled/Limited Scope
  • Legal Coaching
  • Paralegal Services

No matter what brings you to my firm, I put my experience to work in the best interest of you and your family. Examples of the types of family law cases I handle include:

  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Child Custody/Visitation (Parenting Plans)
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Enforcement of Judgment
  • Post-Judgment Modification
  • Guardianships
  • Step-Parent Adoptions
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Issues related to same-sex relationships

If you’re facing any of the legal issues listed above, don’t wait to gain a compassionate legal advocate in your corner. I will always be honest about the outlook of your case and guide you towards the most favorable outcome possible. Reach out today for a free phone consultation and let’s get started on your case.

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar, 1998


  • J.D. - The University of San Francisco School of Law, 1998 
  • B.S. Communications and Political Science - Northern Arizona University, 1995

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • President of East-West Family Law Counsel