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Shelby is a partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Group. She represents private and institutional investors, owners, and developers in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development and land use matters, and REIT-related transactions. She has significant experience structuring, negotiating and documenting sophisticated and complex real estate transactions, such as mixed-use and multi-phased development projects, build-to-suit leases, portfolio transactions, land and lease swaps, and CCRs, REAs and complicated easement agreements. Shelby’s practice spans a variety of real estate asset types, including industrial properties, office properties, shopping centers and other retail properties, senior housing facilities, and mixed-use projects.

Prior to joining Barack Ferrazzano, Shelby was a real estate associate at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a prominent California-based real estate law firm.

Activities & Honors

  • Selected, Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers (2017, 2019-2020)
  • The Exoneration Project, Legal clinic providing legal representation for wrongfully convicted clients, The University of Chicago Law School (2008-2010)
  • 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)
  • Phi Beta Kappa



University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2009

University of California, Davis, B.A., with honors, 2004

Bar & Court Admissions

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