Background & Education
Larachelle “Shelly” Wood is a native of Chesapeake and attended Deep Creek High school, as did her mom and all her mother’s siblings. She attended ODU and graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Shelly knew she wanted to attend law school and throughout college and law school she worked part-time with local attorneys as a legal assistant in the areas of family and criminal law.
Shelly attended Regent University School of Law and graduated in 2001. In law school, she competed on the mock trial team and served as an officer for the American Bar Association.
In her third year of law school, Shelly obtained a third-year practice license and practiced as an intern with the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. After passing the bar exam, Shelly’s career began as a Public Defender for the City of Norfolk in 2002 handling misdemeanor and felony cases. Shelly went into private practice in January 2004 doing family law, including serving as a Guardian ad Litem on custody matters, and serving as court-appointed counsel for indigent defendants. Shelly also served as a Substitute Judge for a six year having been appointed by the Judges of the Chesapeake Circuit Court. Shelly continues to handle criminal and traffic cases in addition to her active family law practice.
Becoming Part of Parks Zeigler
While Shelly had great success with running own law firm for fourteen years, the opportunity to become the Manager Partner of a Chesapeake office for Parks Zeigler was enticing. The merging of the two firms allows Shelly to offer a wide variety of services to her clients while maintaining her Chesapeake roots. She is looking forward to many more years of successful practice with Parks Zeigler.
Shelly has served on the Chesapeake Bar Association Board for 5 years to include Member at Large, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President and continues to be a member. She is also a King’s Daughters Infinity Circle Founding Member.