Elizabeth is an associate attorney at Shea Law, PLLC. Elizabeth’s main practice areas are Estate Planning, Business Planning, and Elder Law.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies as well as a Minor in Philosophy from Grand Valley State University. Following her time at Grand Valley, Elizabeth continued her legal studies at Detroit Mercy School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate and graduated magna cum laude.
During her time at Detroit Mercy School of Law, Elizabeth, was an Executive Editor of Law Review where she focused her research and wrote an article on contested wills in Michigan courts. Her research lead her article – Character: The Unacknowledged Element in Shifting the Burden of Proof in a Will Contest, 96 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 397 (2019), to be published and solidified her decision to pursue a career in Estate Planning so she could help clients plan for their future and avoid Probate Court.
During her studies Elizabeth was a judicial intern to the Honorable Marianne O. Battani in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan where she researched and drafted memoranda on substantive and procedural issues, including an issue of first impression in the Sixth Circuit. While in law school, she served as teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Civil Procedure. Elizabeth was also a student attorney at the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic where she provided limited legal services to low-income litigants representing themselves in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. While working for the court, Elizabeth enjoyed helping people who were trying to navigate the court system.
Elizabeth earned various awards for academic merit, including the Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence, as well as Book Awards for earning the highest grade in Contracts, Civil Procedure, Torts, First Amendment, and Federal Pro Se Clinic. Upon graduation, Elizabeth was inducted into the Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society, an honor reserved for students graduating in the top 10% of their class.
Prior to joining Shea Law, Elizabeth was a Research Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals where she handled a variety of Criminal and Civil appeals from the Michigan Trial Courts.
In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading. At the age of 14, Elizabeth had spent so much time at the Fenton Public Library that they offered Elizabeth her first job. In addition to reading, Elizabeth enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.