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Shari has represented American Italian Pasta, Applebee’s, Green Plains Renewable Energy and others in complex mergers and acquisitions, governance, public company compliance and various general corporate matters and commercial transactions.

Her experience also encompasses numerous initial public offerings, public and private acquisitions and secondary public stock offerings.

Her work on behalf of industry clients includes:

  • Advising on the $2.2 billion merger of Applebee’s and IHOP.
  • Advising on the $1.2 billion merger of American Italian Pasta Co. and Ralcorp Holdings Inc.
  • Representing Green Plains Renewable Energy in ethanol and agribusiness matters




  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards, Top Author: Food & Beverage, 2019
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2021


  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
      • Kansas Law Review, managing editor
  • B.B.A., Wichita State University
    • Accounting


  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
2023 Pro Bono Contributor
  • Assisted in preparation and negotiation of all documentation for merger of Applebee’s and IHOP and American Italian Pasta and Ralcorp, including all Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.
  • Represented a Nasdaq company in the preparation of a Form S-4 proxy statement for a $100 million acquisition in the ethanol industry.
  • Assisted New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq boards with corporate governance matters.
  • Counseled a $3 billion merger of a public utility company.
  • Assisted with a $1.2 billion merger in the telecommunications/Internet industry.
  • Handled numerous restaurant chain and golf course acquisitions.
  • Advised agribusiness and other clients on SEC reporting matters.
  • Represented Lansing Trade Group, LLC in its acquisition by The Andersons through complex cash-and-stock deal valued at $305 million.
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