The Law Office of Thomas D. Shackleford
224 Reading Road Mason OH 45040

About us

Tom Shackleford is the founder and principal of The Law Office of Thomas D. Shackleford, and he has been practicing law in Mason, Ohio, for over forty-five years serving clients primarily in Warren, Butler, and Hamilton counties.

Mr. Shackleford graduated from Miami University in 1965 and the Ohio State College of Law in December, 1967.  He then served on active duty in the United States Air Force from August 1968 to May 1972, as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps in Missouri and Japan.  Thereafter, he entered the private practice of law in June of 1972 in Mason, and established The Law Office of Thomas D. Shackleford in 1980.  eHe

He He also served as the first Magistrate of the Warren County Probate/Juvenile Court from 1972 to 1982. 

Mr. Shackleford is a member of the Warren County Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and is a member of the latter two bar associations’ Estate Planning and Probate Sections.  Over the course of the last 10 years, he has primarily limited his law practice to the Estate Planning and Probate Administration areas of law, including Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and administering estates in the Probate Courts.  He has earned the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell® rating of AV Preeminent™ in legal ability and ethical standards by other attorneys.  In addition, he personally cares about each person he represents, and wants to help them achieve their goals in a timely manner at a reasonable cost.

Giving back to the community has always been important to him as evidenced by his past and present involvement in the following organizations:

  • President (two times) of the Kiwanis Club of Mason
  • Board Member and Big Brother of Warren County  Big  Brothers/Sisters
  • President of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce
  • President of the Board of Trustees of the Mason Scholarship Foundation
  • Scoutmaster and Explorer Post Advisor
  • Church Board Member, Chairman, and legal counsel
  • Emmaus Walks Team Member
  • Mason Historical Society legal counsel
  • Operation Legal Help Ohio for military and veterans
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project

His other interests are backpacking, skiing, conditioning, reading, and involvement with grandchildren.

You can contact Mr. Shackleford via email at or by calling 513-398-8911.



Susan F. James

Susan James, paralegal, is a very valuable member of the office legal team. Susan has worked at several law firms in Cincinnati since 1972.  She has worked with Mr. Shackleford since 1989, providing legal support in various areas of law including Probate Administration and Estate Planning.   

Susan is a member of Crestview Presbyterian Church, and enjoys singing with the choir and an a capella trio, as well as reading, fitness, and out-of-state visits with her  two grandchildren.

Susan can be reached by email:, or by phone:  513-398-8911.



224 Reading Road Mason OH 45040
Phone: (513) 398-8911
Fax: (513) 398-8927