Shelby L. Drury

Of Counsel

Shelby Drury


Shelby Drury represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, employment discrimination, consumer and common law fraud, breach of contract and tort claims.

She is experienced in directing case strategy and handling all aspects of litigation, including preparing and arguing dispositive motions, negotiating settlements, working with experts and taking and defending depositions.

In one case handled by Shelby involving the breach of loan agreements, the other party consented on the eve of trial to entry of judgment against them for the entire amount of claims plus interest and attorneys’ fees. She also helped obtain a multi-million dollar settlement in a fraud and breach of contract dispute, helping draft a successful motion for summary judgment disposing of the other party’s affirmative defenses, and by drafting and arguing successful motions to exclude evidence.

In the successful defense of a case involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and violation of the Illinois Business Corporation Act, Shelby examined witnesses and argued motions to exclude evidence at the federal bench trial.

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. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association.

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.


  • 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,” Practising Law Institute Seminar, November 2–3, 2015, Chicago.
  • Author, “Ethical Questions,” Practising 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.