Shelly Skeen

orig_17342_018After graduating from law school magna cum laude in 1998, Shelly began her law practice as a Briefing Attorney for a Texas State Appellate Court of Appeals, where she clerked for one year. Since her clerkship, Shelly has practiced primarily in the areas of complex commercial litigation, representing businesses across the country in disputes in state and federal court and arbitrations; in appellate law; in professional malpractice and grievance defense; and in probate and estate planning. Shelly has been a certified mediator for over 10 years, and she has attained Member status in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in International Arbitration, the world’s leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation, and other private dispute resolution methods. Shelly also handles probate and estate planning for individuals and traditional and non-traditional families. She employs a practical, problem-solving approach to her practice. She believes the client and the client’s priorities come first, and that her job is to listen to her clients and then to provide cost-effective legal advice to resolve her clients’ disputes quickly and efficiently. Shelly has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, the 5th and 6th Circuit Courts of Appeals and several Texas Appellate Courts. . She is particularly adept at navigating little-used procedural devices, such as bills of review and pre-suit depositions, where she has successfully represented clients on numerous occasions. Shelly is active in the local community where she performs volunteer work and teaches business law as an adjunct instructor.




B.A., cum laude, Economics, University of Washington, 1988
B.A., cum laude, Psychology, University of Washington, 1988
ABA Legal Assistant Cert. (Business Law), Southern Methodist University, 1992
J.D., magna cum laude, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 1998
– Law Review, Citation Editor


Selected Professional Associations:


Phi Beta Kappa, January 1, 1988
State Bar of Texas, licensed, April 15, 1999
– Appellate Section – Member
The National Mediation Academy, Dallas, Texas, October 7, 2001
– Certificate as a Certified Mediator and Neutral
The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2004 through the present – Member
Dallas Bar Association – Member

Women and the Law Section – Member

Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section – Member
Probate, Wills, and Estates Section – Member
DAYL Foundation – Life Fellow and Sustaining Life Fellow
Advanced Guardianship Course, Guardian Ad Litem Certificate
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, MCIArb

Arbitral Women, The International Network of Women in Dispute Resolution – Member




The Supreme Court of the United States
The Supreme Court of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


The United States Court of Federal Claims