Summary

Shirley is an attorney in our Private Client practice group. She concentrates her practice in the areas of probate and trust administration, estate, tax, retirement and business succession planning, elder law, and health care proxy and special needs issues. She has experience principally in the area of a gift, estate, and tax planning for all estate sizes. Her clients are business owners, professionals in solo and group practices, corporate executives, educators, retirees, and individuals with special needs. Shirley has fostered positive working relationships with major financial institutions in order to coordinate and implement her clients’ tax, estate, and financial plans and is dedicated to ensuring that her clients’ wishes and wealth are safely preserved.

Awards

  • Recipient, Best Lawyers in America (2007—2023)

  • Recipient, Oakland County Bar Association Michael K. Lee Memorial Award (2021)

  • Recipient, Michigan Super Lawyer (2006—2020)

  • Recipient, Dbusiness Top Lawyer (2011, 2014 – 2021)

  • Recipient, Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year”, Trusts and Estates (2017)

  • Recipient, HOUR Detroit magazine, Top Women Attorneys in Michigan (2015)

  •  Recipient, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law (2014)

  •  Recipient, D. Augustus Stroker Bar Association, Trailblazer Award (2014)

  • Recipient, Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence (2012)

  • Recipient, Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law (2010)

  • Recipient, Macomb County, Athena Awards (2006)

  • Recipient, Minerva Development Corporation, Women of Courage – Women of Change Award (2005)

All Service Areas

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School

    LL.M. in Taxation

  • University of Michigan Law School

    J.D.

  • Wayne State University

    B.A. of Science with distinction

Admissions

  • State - Michigan

Speeches and Publications

  • Inside the Minds: Elder Law Trusts and Estate Strategies, “Working with the Elderly Client and Their Family in Estate Planning,” Aspatore Books (2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Elder Law and Disability Rights Section and Probate and Estate Section
  • Wolverine Bar Association
    • Member 
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
    • Member
  • D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
    • Member 
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • National Bar Association Probate and Estate Planning Law Section
    • Member
  • Detroit Institute of Arts Tannahill Society
    • Estate Planning Council
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    • Golden Life Member
  • Legacy Associates Foundation
    • Advisory Board
  • Black United Fund of Michigan, Inc.
    • Advisory Board
  • Links, Inc., Greater Wayne County Chapter
    • Former President 
  • Council of Michigan Foundations
    • Board of Trustees, Former Executive Committee
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation
    • Member 
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Tax Council, Former Member 
    • Probate and Estate Planning Council, Former Liason