Shelly focuses her practice on employment law and litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, construction law, insurance defense and coverage, and appellate advocacy. She represents individuals and businesses in all aspects of commercial and employment disputes and especially enjoys working with clients to help them understand the legal process. Shelly prides herself on being a tough advocate for her clients and finding strategic and creative solutions in tough cases. Shelly joined GTH in 2011. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, she began her legal career in Alaska, first serving as a judicial law clerk for the Alaska State Court of Appeals, and then working for a small firm practicing corporate and municipal law in Anchorage. Shelly maintains an active license to practice law in both Alaska and Washington. Shelly is committed to the Tacoma-Pierce County community. She serves on the board of directors for the Metropolitan Development Council and the Emergency Food Network. She also is a member of the Pierce County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers. When she’s not working or volunteering, Shelly enjoys gardening and learning about the joys of historic-home ownership.
EDUCATION J.D., University of Washington School of Law University of Alabama School of Law (First Year) B.A., University of Washington JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE Washington State Courts Alaska State Courts U.S. District Court, District of Alaska U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS Washington State Bar Association Alaska State Bar Association Anchorage Bar Association King County Bar Association Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Washington Women Lawyers PROFESSIONAL HISTORY Joined firm in 2011 Associate Attorney, Anchorage, Alaska Law Clerk to the Honorable David Mannheimer, Alaska State Court of Appeals Judicial Extern to the Honorable James P. Donohue, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Western District of Washington HONORS & AWARDS Selected for inclusion in the 2013-2018 Washington – Rising Stars list Selected for inclusion on the Top Women Attorneys list in Washington – Rising Stars
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES Board Member, Metropolitan Development CouncilWashington Women Lawyers, Pierce County Chapter Judicial Evaluation Committee Co-Chair Board Member, Emergency Food Network