Shelley Albert received her BA cum laude and law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. After graduating in 1990, she immediately worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City. During her tenure as an Assistant District Attorney to Robert Morgenthau, Shelley investigated and prosecuted hundreds of serious felony cases and tried cases before juries to verdict. She handled every aspect of criminal justice practice, from victim witness interviews, case investigation, Grand Jury investigations and presentations, authorizing decisions about just resolutions, and trials in the Manhattan Supreme Court. Her caseload was extremely varied, including narcotics, fraud, robbery, sex crimes, and homicides
Since 1995, Shelley has focused her practice in Criminal Defense and all aspects of Family Law litigation including Domestic Violence, International disputes, Hague jurisdictional matters, International Parental Kidnapping and Abductions, (IPK) and she has successfully defended her clients in Title IX matters. Shelley is an extremely experienced litigator, having tried over 100 jury trials during the course of her career. Shelley has a concentration on International Parental Abduction and Hague matters in both the Federal and State systems, and she has assisted parents in the return of their abducted children. Shelley has also provided expert testimony concerning our Family Court system in foreign jurisdictions and is called upon to teach Continuing Legal Education courses for other attorney in her practice areas.
Shelley is a member of the bars of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Federal District Court in New Jersey, the First and Second Federal Districts in New York, and the United States Supreme Court.
Currently, in addition to her practice, Shelley volunteers her time for Legal Services of New Jersey, and she has acted as a mentor for young attorneys.
GUEST LECTURER / MEDIA APPEARANCES:
Manhattan College, criminal defense and representation in New York
Kane College, the art of cross examination
American Association of Trial Lawyers, New Jersey Division
Frequent Guest appearances: Court T.V., MSNBC, and other media
Additional television appearances on CNBC, Fox News
Yale Mock Trial Competition Judge
Shelley has been recognized with several awards including 2000 Women of 2000, Top 20 Attorneys in Bergen County, New Jersey, ‘Ten Best’ of Family Law attorneys in 2015 and 2016, 2017, Top Attorneys of North America 2018, and in 2019 awarded the VIP distinction, Super Lawyers and the Boy Scouts of America Professional Good Scout Award.
Shelley is also a Mensa Member.
Representation of a litigant in a successful argument before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, modifying the law on trusts and divorce.
Successful representation of a high-ranking Member of Service and public official defending against domestic violence allegations.
Representation of left behind parents seeking to secure the return of their abducted children from both Hague and non-Hague countries successfully coordinated FBI, Prosecution, foreign law enforcement, and the United States State Department.
Representation of company executives in a New York State and Federal tax prosecution.
Successful representation of a ranked Police Officer involving allegations of sex crimes against a minor.
Successful representation of physician in securing the return of his professional license and defending against sexual assault allegations.
Representation of police officer accused in multi-year multi-million-dollar pension and social security fraud matter, securing a non-pros disposition.
Representation of professional actor in securing custody and the appropriate support provisions with consideration for multi-state and international residences and educational desires.