Shelby advises owners, investors, operators and developers on a broad range of commercial real estate and related transactions. The breadth of her practice and her focus on client objectives enables Shelby to navigate complex situations and achieve client goals in a strategic, practical and efficient manner.

Shelby focuses her practice on real estate transactions with an emphasis on acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and development and land use matters. She serves as primary counsel in structuring, negotiating, and documenting sophisticated and complex real estate transactions, such as mixed-use and multi-phased development projects, build-to-suit leases, portfolio acquisition transactions, land swaps and lease swaps, and CCRs, REAs, and other ongoing use and operation regimes.

Shelby’s practice is on a national level and spans a variety of industries and real estate asset types, including shopping centers and other retail properties, senior housing facilities, office, industrial, and mixed-use projects. She also advises hospitality clients in certain management, operations, and consulting agreements.



  • State of Illinois
  • State of California
  • State of Washington


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2009
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., with honors, 2004




  • Illinois Rising StarsSuper Lawyers (2017, 2019-2020)
  • Research Assistant, Dean Michael Schill, The University of Chicago Law School (2010)
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Geraldine Soat Brown, U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois (2007)
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