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Joelle Shanesy, Esq.


Joelle Shanesy is the newest associate attorney to join Sadek and Cooper, concentrating her practice in family law and helping clients with matters such as divorce, custody, child support, spousal support and alimony, adoption, and protection from abuse. Joelle earned her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law, graduating in the top of her class. Prior to earning her J.D., Joelle graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. Joelle’s love of family law began during la school when she joined the Family Law Clinic, helping clients with custody and divorce matters. Before joining Sadek and Cooper, Joelle worked at a busy family law firm in Pittsburgh, PA. Additionally, she has worked at the Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Association, primarily working with the Divorce Law Project helping low income clients obtain simple divorces. During law school, Joelle was a judicial intern to the Honorable Judith Olson in Pennsylvania Superior Court. She is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section and Young Lawyer’s Division. She additionally is a member of the Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court. 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
  • B.A., West Virginia University

Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • Philadelphia Bar Association – Young Lawyer’s Division
  • Nicholas Cipriani Inn of Court 
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association 
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