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Overview

A commercial litigator, Shelly represents and defends clients in a wide range of matters to obtain the best possible results.

Shelly’s practice includes commercial litigation in both state and federal court, involving matters such as general business disputes, breach of contract and tort claims, mechanic’s liens, boundary and zoning issues, and probate litigation. Shelly also defends businesses against consumer claims under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, premises liability claims, wage and hour claims under state and federal law, and employment discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination claims.

Additionally, as a proactive measure to prevent litigation, Shelly counsels on personnel decisions, employee misconduct issues, and compliance with state and federal wage and hour, leave, and antidiscrimination laws.


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Recognition

  • Missouri Bar Association, Leadership Academy, class of 2019-2020
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Leader of Tomorrow Award, 2014

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Missouri Law Review, Associate Editor
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Westminster College
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association 
  • The Network, a division of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Heart of America Chapter
Featured Experience

Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment over Golf Course Sod

A golf course builder client rejected poor-quality sod for a golf course in Branson, Missouri. The sod supplier sued the client for breach of contract, demanding the entire six-figure contract price. Shelly and the team removed the case to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, and immediately moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the client properly rejected the sod under applicable law. The District Court found that the sod supplier did not have a claim and granted summary judgment. The sod supplier appealed the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. Shelly briefed the case, and the Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s summary judgment.


Additional Experience
  • Successfully defended trustee against claim for removal and obtained judgment for attorneys' fees against plaintiff.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of homeowners' association on breach of contract claim by management company.
  • Won arbitration judgment on behalf of employer on union challenge to discharge of employee for misconduct.
Outside the Office

A farm kid at heart, Shelly likes to spend time outside and with her pets.

Shelly enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking in the Ozarks. Her adored pets – a Corgi, three cats and a rabbit – consume much of her personal time.

Community Leadership

Shelly volunteers to promote awareness and raise research funds for heart disease.

Shelly contributes to community fundraising and awareness efforts with the American Heart Association. She also serves as a board member of the Downtown Springfield Association.