Shelby L. Drury

Of Counsel

Shelby Drury
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Shelby Drury has over 20 years of experience litigating major matters and resolving disputes for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Closely Held Businesses.  

Shelby has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder and partnership disputes, real estate matters, legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, consumer and common law fraud, breach of contract, and tort claims.  

Shelby was honored in 2014 and 2015 as a "Volunteer of the Year" by the LAF Education Pro Bono Project for her ongoing representation of two students, third and fifth grade siblings, fighting to get special education services at a Chicago Public School.  Shelby successfully secured much needed special education services for both children.

Shelby was a summer associate at Novack and Macey in 1997 and joined the Firm as an associate in 1998 after graduating from Northwestern University School of Law. Shelby was later promoted to Of Counsel.   

Shelby is a member of the Firm's law firm representation, women's initiative and diversity & inclusion groups.  


  • University of Illinois (B.S. 1995), highest honors, Bronze Tablet distinction (top 3% of her class)
  • Northwestern University (J.D. 1998), cum laude; note and comment editor, Journal of International Law and Business

Speeches & Publications

  • Co-author, “Civil Practice: Trying the Case – 2019 Edition,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 2018.  
  • Faculty, Pocket MBA Fall 2015: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals, “A Pocket Full of Ethical Considerations,” Practicing Law Institute Seminar, November 2–3, 2015, Chicago.
  • Author, “Ethical Questions,” Practicing Law Institute, Corporate Law and Practice Course Handbook Series, 2015.
  • “Clearing the courts: How to draft enforceable noncompetition agreements,” Smart Business Chicago, July 2014. View PDF.
  • “Ownership and Control of Lawyers’ Files Relating to Representation,” CBA Record, November 2013. View PDF.
  • “Get it in writing: How to incorporate agreements and promises into written contracts,” Smart Business Chicago, June 2013. View PDF.
  • Co-Author, “Contract Law: Breach of Contract and Nonperformance,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) (2013)
  • Author, “Arbitrators’ Undisclosed Concurrent Service Not Indicative of Bias,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Website, Articles, April 23, 2013.
  • Co-author, “Illinois Civil Practice: Trying the Case,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012.
  • Co-author, “An Unexpected Bite: An Explanation of the Fickle Fiduciary Rule,” CBA Record, February/March 2000.