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Shelley A. Kester, Esq.

Shelley A. Kester is an award-winning attorney, a community leader, a dynamic communicator and a caring individual. Her practice includes all areas of divorce and family law.  She is one of the area’s few attorneys to hold a Certificate of Completion in the area of Family Law issued by the Institute of Continuing Education and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and has presented for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Solo and Small Firm Institute as well as served as commentator for continuing legal education programs.  

Ms. Kester is Chair of the Grand Traverse Leelanau Antrim Bar Association, and an active member of the State Bar Association.  She has served on the State Bar of Michigan’s Domestic Violence committee.  Shelley Kester is a trained facilitative mediator as well as a collaborative divorce attorney and member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan as well as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  Shelley was recently appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board, and serves as Chair of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center.

“I am a strong advocate for my clients and am sincerely interested in their well-being.  It is important to me that my clients understand the process, that they have the benefit of weighing the pros and cons of a solution and that their point of view is understood.  While collaborative divorce is not for every couple, for those for whom it is appropriate, I believe collaborative divorce offers the best chance for a respectful, cost effective divorce process that considers the individual as a whole.” 

Bar Association Memberships

  • President, Grand Traverse, Antrim, Leelanau County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan



  • McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California. Served on the Law Review.
  • B.A., Political Science, Michigan State University



  • Wilson Kester (formerly known as Wilson & Kester), since 1998.
  • Running, Wise, Wilson, Ford & Phillips, 1992-1998.


Community Service

  • Founding member and current chair, Traverse Bay Child Advocacy Center, dedicated to the identification, treatment, awareness and prevention of the sexual and physical abuse of children in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties
  • Frequent Volunteer, Women’s Resource Center Divorce Clinic, assisting citizens in the five-county area


Shelley A. Kester, Attorney
Wilson Kester, PLLC
627 West Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 922-6800
[email protected]