We offer our clients expert legal advice.

Our Practice

Comprehensive Legal Support

Often, more than one area of expertise is required. With us, there's no need to hire a multitude of attorneys. We serve a wide range of clientele, and each engagement benefits from the depth and breadth of our knowledge. No matter who you work with from our firm, the expertise of the whole team weighs in on your case.  

Our Approach

 We approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding. We’re committed to providing you with top-notch legal support that is tailored to your specific needs. Whether you need personal representation or are looking for advice as a small business owner, we understand that each situation is unique and requires due diligence and scrutiny.

A Team in Your Corner

  Our lawyers are focused and driven to minimize or eliminate any potential legal situations that you may encounter. Whether you’re on the side of the prosecution or the side of the defense, you can rest assured that we’re on your side. 

Legacy of Success

For over 50 years, our firm has been serving Lucas County and its surrounding areas throughout greater Southern Iowa. We strive to be at the forefront of ever-changing laws and work closely with our clients to exceed expectations. Check out our testimonials and schedule a free consultation today.

Our Team

William L. Shelton

Graduate of University of Iowa Law School.  Admitted to the Iowa Bar.  Member of Iowa State Bar Association.  Member of Probate, Trusts and Estate Planning Law, Elder Law, Family Law, and General Practice Sections of the Iowa Bar Association.  Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.  Past member of California Bar Association and California Trial Lawyers Association.  Past Member of Board of Governors of Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa Trial Lawyers Association.

Bill Shelton started practicing law in Chariton in 1966.  He graduated from the University of Iowa Law School and then spent four years practicing law in California before returning to his hometown of Chariton.  Bill and his wife Barbara have seven children – Doug, Karen, Margo, Becky, Melissa, Kyle, and Brandon. 

R. William Peterson

Graduate of Creighton University Law School in Omaha, Nebraska.  Admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1976.  Member of the Iowa State Bar Association.  Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court.

R. William Petersen joined the firm as an attorney in 1980. 

He is originally from Traer, Iowa and resides in Chariton.

Brandon J. Shelton


Graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law.  Admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2006.  Member of the Iowa Bar Association.  Member of the Probate, Trusts and Estate Planning Law and General Practice Sections of the Iowa State Bar Association.  Current member and past Chair of the Bridge the Gap Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Iowa State Bar Association.  Certified Family Law Mediator.  

 Brandon J. Shelton joined the firm as an attorney in 2006.  He is the son of Bill and Barbara Shelton and resides in Chariton.


Lucas County Courthouse, Chariton, Iowa