Partner since 1991 (presently Managing Partner)

Michelle R. “Shelly” Williams

Michelle R. "Shelly" Williams is a native of Mount Sterling, Kentucky and has been engaged in general practice at White Peck Carrington since 1991, focusing on school law, estates/probate and family law.

Year Joined


Current Position

Partner since 1991 (presently Managing Partner)

Litigation Percentage


Areas of Practice

Areas of Practice: 
Family Law, School Law, Estates/Probate


Best Attorney AwardShelly attended law school as a non-traditional student at age 27 after working in the court system for seven years. She worked as a Pre-Trial Officer interviewing inmates to assist in setting bonds and monitoring defendants for court. Shelly then worked for the Administrative Office of the Courts in the appellate, probate, and civil divisions of the circuit clerk's office. While working full time and as a wife and mother, she commuted from her hometown of Mount Sterling to Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law for two years then became a transient law student her last year at the University of Kentucky College of Law. She believes she received the best legal education from both worlds by attending two very different law schools. The majority of the students at Chase had families and full-time jobs and the professors were practicing attorneys. The professors at the University of Kentucky were scholarly and very professional.

Since 1991, Shelly has concentrated on family law, focusing on custody, timesharing, child support disputes, adoptions, and juvenile cases to assist clients in disputes.

In 2002, Shelly began representing school boards. She has attended numerous national conferences and state-wide conferences on a regular basis to stay on top of the cutting edge of educational issues. She serves on the Kentucky Bar Association Education Section as its Chair and also served on the Kentucky School Board Association Board of Directors for the Council of School Board Attorneys for three terms as President.

Shelly is the mother of three children and is married to her high school sweetheart. She enjoys traveling throughout the United States and abroad, particularly visiting art museums.

Martindale-Hubbel Highly Rated


2021-Present Student Pilot

Jan. - Dec. 1990 University of Kentucky College of Law

1987 - 1989 Salmon P. Chase College of Law - Juris Doctorate College

1983 Morehead State University | Graduate course work in Computers

1977 - 1981 Eastern Kentucky University | B.S., Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice - Minor in English, Emphasis in Recreation

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • 2014 - Present Board of Directors (Former President), Great Kids, Inc., an international non-profit organization for curriculum and training for early learning skills for at risk parents
  • 2013 - Present Board of Directors (Vice President), Montgomery County Recreation Commission
  • 2011 - Present Board of Directors for Mary Melissa Cancer Foundation, Inc.  a non-profit organization to raise and donate funds for local cancer patients
  • 2011 - 2014 Member Morehead State University/Mount Sterling Extended Campus Advisory Council
  • 2009 - 2014 Member Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital Foundation Non-profit to raise, support, assist programs, technology, and education for the community hospital
  • 2011 - Present  Kentucky Bar Association - Education Section Chair
  • 2002 - Present Member National School Boards Association, Member Kentucky Council School Board Attorneys (CSBA), Director Kentucky Council School Board Attorneys, 2008 - served as Secretary, Vice President and President
  • 2000 - Present Mediator - Family Law Area
  • 1997 - 2020 Board of Directors of Comm UNITY Development, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to unifying the community efforts, built and maintain a community center
  • 1994 - 2018 Board of Directors, Montgomery County Education Foundation
  • 1993 - Present Admitted to practice U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • 1992 - Present Counsel for and Member of Montgomery County Arts Council
  • 1991 - Present Member Kentucky Bar Association (KBA)
  • 1991 - 1997 Board of Directors, Mt. Sterling/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Secretary to the Board
  • 1996 - 2008 Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, appointed by Governor to review and approve all law enforcement training curriculum and instructors in Kentucky
  • 1997 - 2001 Member Elect of the House of Delegates for the Kentucky Bar Association
  • 1994 - 1998 Member Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society
  • 1993 - 1997 Board of Directors, Montgomery County Recreation Commision, Programs and Finance Committee
  • 1991 - 2001 Member American Bar Association (ABA)
  • 1991 - Present Member Family Law Section of (KBA)
  • 1991 - 2008 Member Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys (KATA)

Bar Admissions

1991 Kentucky

1993 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

Honors & Awards

2016 Client Satisfaction Award-American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

2015 Client Satisfaction Award-American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

2012 Community Service Award for Mary Melissa Cancer Foundation

2011 Mt. Sterling Advocate - "Your Favorite Lawyer" Community Award

2008 Kentucky Law Enforcement - Meritorious Service Award

1994 Chamber of Commerce Director of the Year

1987 Outstanding Woman in America Award

2019-present Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (highest rating possible in both legal ability and ethical standards reflecting confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary))

2018 Top Ten Family Law Attorneys

2019 10 Best Attorneys, Exception and Outstanding Client Service