Joining the bench: Shelton sworn in as the newest Oakland County Circuit Court judge


Judge Amanda Shelton (left) joined the Oakland County Circuit Court bench when Chief Judge Jeffery S. Matis swore her in last month.
Photo courtesy of Oakland County Circuit Court

In late December, Judge Amanda Shelton took the oath of office administered by Chief Judge Jeffery S. Matis before her family and friends in attendance. Shelton was elected to the Oakland County Circuit Court bench in November to a six-year term filling the open seat created by the retirement of Judge Rae Lee Chabot. Shelton has taken over the Family Division docket of Judge Mary Ellen Brennan who took over the General Jurisdiction docket of Chabot. Shelton is located in Courtroom 1A.

“The judges and I congratulate Judge Amanda Shelton on her recent election to the bench,” stated Matis. “Her experience as a founding partner of a firm that specialized in family law has prepared her well for her new role as a judge assigned to the Family Division.  Congratulations to Judge Shelton and her family, and we look forward to the contributions she will make to the judiciary and citizens of Oakland County.”

Shelton is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School.  Prior to joining the bench, she was the founding partner of Shelton & Deon Law Group. The firm specialized in family law, general business counseling, commercial transactions and litigation, non-profit management, real-estate disputes, and employment matters. Before starting her own firm, she was an associate attorney with Pepper Hamilton where she served in their commercial litigation department.

Shelton has been a frequent speaker and instructor on LGBTQ legal issues and served on the LGBTQA Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. As a member of the State Bar, she served on the Family Law Council and is involved in the Family Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Probate and Estate Planning sections.  She is active in the Oakland County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and several state and local associations.

She is married to Kay Shelton, and they have two children who are avid swimmers. When not wearing her robe in the courtroom, she is affectionately known as the  “Swim Mom.”



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