Shelly Kendricks

Of Counsel Dayton
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Shelly Kendricks is of counsel in the Taft Dayton office. Shelly joined Taft from L3Harris Technologies, a global aerospace and defense company, where she served as principal counsel responsible for providing accurate, timely, business-oriented legal counsel in connection with government and commercial contracts and a wide variety of other legal matters within L3Harris’ Integrated Mission Systems Business Segment.  

Prior to joining L3Harris, Shelly spent time working in the elevator industry and more than a decade working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Major Weapons Systems Acquisition Programs. Shelly worked in both the contracting and legal career fields supporting high-profile, high-visibility domestic and international acquisitions. Her experience includes source selections, protests, contract administration, acquisition integrity matters, contract and regulatory compliance, and employee ethics issues. Her accomplishments include contributions to both the Special Operations Forces Combat Rescue Helicopter Program and the Fighters and Bombers acquisition of the Light Air Support (LAS) Aircraft for the Afghan forces. Her painstaking attention to detail while drafting the contract documents for the LAS Program earned her the Air Force Civilian Achievement Medal and numerous other individual and team awards. 

Shelly was in the University Honors Program and obtained her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Public Relations from the University of Dayton. She completed her juris doctor at DePaul University College of Law with concentrations in Business and Intellectual Property Law while also serving as an editor on one of the college’s law journals.

Shelly maintains her connection with the University of Dayton by serving as part-time faculty teaching a civil dialogue course to first-year undergraduate students. She also remains civically engaged in her community by sitting on an advisory council for an organization that provides transitional housing, job training, and other services for individuals recently released from prison. 


  • DePaul University College of Law (2008)
  • University of Dayton (2005)

    magna cum laude


  • State - Ohio

Speeches and Publications

Author, “The NFL Franchise Player Rule: Legal and Economic Justifications,” 5 DePaul
J. Sports L. & Contemp. Probs. 1, 2008.

Community Involvement

  • House of Restoration Community Solutions