Smith & Shellenberger, is dedicated to providing quality legal services to a wide range of clients, including tribal governments, tribal organizations, businesses, governments, and individuals.

The attorneys of Smith & Shellenberger, LLC, each began their careers representing Native American Indian nations, tribal governments, tribal organizations, and organizations dedicated to helping Native American Indian tribes and individuals with their legal needs. With over 45 years of legal experience between the partners, our attorneys continue to provide national quality service to tribal clients. However, Federal Indian Law and Native American Tribal law constitute only of portion of the services we provide. Our attorneys possess a wide range of experience and expertise, and the firm is dedicated to providing a broad range of legal services to all clients. Practice areas include: all aspects of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, General Civil litigation, Contracts, Juvenile Law, Domestic Relations, and Wills & Trusts.

I would definitely recommend them to anyone seeking legal counsel. Very professional, quick to respond, proactive in mangling my case, and got me the best possible result given the situation. The rest of the staff at the firm was also incredibly helpful in terms of scheduling, deadline reminders, communication, etc. Really can’t say enough good things about Smith & Shellenberger on the whole.
— Anonymous, Former Client

Licensed Jurisdictions

Federal Courts:

  • United States District Court of Colorado


  • Colorado

Tribal Courts:

  • Navajo Nation

  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

  • Flandreau Santee Sioux

  • Hualapai Tribe

  • Oglala Sioux Tribe

  • Osage Nation

  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

  • Southern Ute

  • Ute Mountain Ute

  • Ute Tribe

Walk and Talk Consultation


The attorneys at Smith and Shellenberger fight hard to protect your legal interest. We handle family, criminal, and tribal law related cases effectively, aggressively, and diligently. However, we also care about our client beyond their legal issues. That is one reason why we offer discounted “walk and talk” consultations.
A recent study from the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC showed that 39.6% of US adults age 20 and older were obese as of 2015-2016 (37.9% for men and 41.1% for women). This is very disheartening as obesity has been cited as a contributing factor to approximately 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year.

Almost every health professional agrees that poor diet combined with a sedentary lifestyle is the cause of America’s overwhelming obesity problem. It is our concern for our future clients’ health that led us to create “walk and talk” consultations.

What is a “walk and talk consultation? Instead of sitting in a conference room your legal questions will be answered while walking around nearby Webster Lake. You will receive the same great advice while enjoying a discounted rate on your personalized consultation. We will walk at your pace and the lake offers multiple secluded benches if you need to take a short break. In addition, we are open to you recording the consultation as note taking may be difficult.

Research shows that the benefits of a “walk and talk” consultation go beyond your health. Dr. Ted Eytan, MD, Medical Director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health and vocal advocate of walking meetings, emphasizes that our brains are more relaxed during walks due to the release of certain chemicals. This aids executive function, which governs how we focus on tasks and deal with unforeseen events. In other words, you will be more engaged are better equipped to use the information we provide during the consultation.

It is because we care so much about our client’s that we offer a 20% off discount on our consultation fee if you choose to “walk and talk” rather than hold the consultation in our conference room. We look forward to answering your legal questions while enjoying Colorado’s beautiful outdoors.