Meet The Team

Shelton Law & Associates is not like every other franchise, trademark, or business law firm. Our attorneys are breaking the mold when it comes to practicing law. Shelton Law & Associates opened its Austin, TX and Tampa, FL offices in 2009 and its California office in 2013 specifically to help proven entrepreneurs “Expand Their Brand” through a cost effective process of franchise establishment, franchise legal compliance and franchise sales and marketing best practices. Our franchise law clients not only receive the highest degree of professionalism expected in the franchise world, but also receive the personal attention of a boutique law firm. Our promise is to give our clients a name, not just a file number.

Lynne D. Shelton, Esq.Founding Attorney


TX License #24066502

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Lynne oversees the TX and CA office locations. She has over 27 years of franchise experience, speaking to both Franchisors and Franchisees on a national stage. Lynne utilizes her past 783 unit system and present experience as a Franchisor to teach those expanding their business, those seeking to franchise their business, or those who would like to buy a franchise. She has co-authored, “How to Buy a Franchise with your Retirement Funds,” as well as other articles. She was also honored in 2013 with the elite title of Certified Franchise Executive (“CFE”) by the International Franchise Association. To learn more about Lynne, click here.

Founding Attorney
Lynne D. Shelton, Esq.
David Jefferson, Esq.Attorney


CA License # 299086

David, a recovering entrepreneur himself, loves innovation and aspiring growth. Whether he is working with Domestic or International Intellectual Property to grow goodwill; Immigration to grow a family or business in the United States; or with a Wills, Trusts or Estate Planning client to grow or transfer their wealth, David embodies the Shelton Law & Associates culture of the “Outsourced In-house Counsel.” Together he and his clients work towards the clients dream. For more information about David, click here.

David Jefferson, Esq.
Nooria Kakar, Esq.Attorney


CA License # 289817

Nooria has been an entrepreneur all of her life and truly believes in the value of business ownership. Early in her career she owned two Little Caesars, a Quiznos and retail stores. After receiving her undergraduate at San Jose State University in Business Administration and Management she obtained her Real Estate license and began assisting residential buyers, sellers and investors. She joined the Shelton Law & Associates team as an attorney in their California office, after receiving her J.D. from Concord Law School. Nooria handles Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate, Wills and Trusts for our clients. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and wants clients to know that they are represented by a lawyer who understands all aspects of real estate and business development from extensive practice and personal experiences.


Nooria Kakar, Esq.
Steve SheltonMarketing & IT


Steve is a personable go-getter who regularly reaches out to prospective leads. He establishes a rapport with people in order to get the word out about Shelton Law & Associates. He also is our go-to guy for our firm’s computer IT needs. His business background is vast, ranging from the U.S. Army, major automobile dealership companies, the healthcare industry, to traveling for the United Nations Development Program. He has a Ph.D in Business Management and Communications from the University of Hawaii and is currently a member of MENSA.

Marketing & IT
Steve Shelton
Jereme SheltonSenior Legal Strategist for Franchise, Trademark & Business Clients


Jereme has worked for Shelton Law since shortly after its inception. He has worked his way up to the position of Senior Legal Assistant and the head Legal Assistant of the Intellectual Property Department. In his recent past, Jereme was the Franchise Development Manager for an east coast franchisor prior to returning to Shelton Law & Associates, as well as a Franchisee with one of the largest Franchise Consulting Franchises in the United States. Additionally, Mr. Shelton is a Veteran of the United States Army where he was a 27D, Paralegal Specialist. His well-rounded experience is a true asset to all Franchise and Business clients nationwide. Internally known as the “Change-Agent,” Jereme is an out-of-the-box thinker with a serial entrepreneur mindset, proven by his ownership as a Franchisee as well.

Senior Legal Strategist for Franchise, Trademark & Business Clients
Jereme Shelton
Guelta LaguerreAdministrative Assistant


Guelta Laguerre is an administrative assistant with Shelton Law & Associates. She is responsible for file management and client relationship building and plays a vital role in the company’s growth.



Administrative Assistant
Guelta Laguerre
Mansour ChopanImmigration and International Business Clients



Mansour joined the Shelton Law & Associates team because he has a true passion for the legal field . Prior to Shelton Law & Associates, he participated in Mock Trial making it to state competitions 3 years in a row during college. After attending University of California, Santa Barbara where he received a Bachelor of Arts, Mansour began pursuing the journey of  becoming an attorney.  He served initially as an intern for both our California and Texas locations. He believes the environment at Shelton Law has enabled him to not only receive daily training and education but also invaluable experience that will aid him in his path towards his attorney career. “Manny” currently assists immigration and international business clients.

Immigration and International Business Clients
Mansour Chopan
Graham GunbyMarketing



Graham is one of the firm’s marketing assistants, handling both franchise and trademark clients’ matters. He attends California State University, Sacramento where he is currently obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Business with a focus on Finance. Graham is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, which he believes reminds him of the Shelton Law & Associates team. He feels as if he is apart of not just an organization, but a family. Graham is also very active in the community, volunteering over 1000 hours of logged time to Save Our Shores, Meals on Wheels, and Animal Friends Rescue Project.

Graham Gunby
Theodore J. HenryLegal Assistant to Franchise, Business and Trademark Clients



Theodore (Theo) became a Legal Assistant through an internship program at our firm, and from day one he displayed a desire to help businesses succeed. Currently he is finalizing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and Land Use. Upon completion, he intends to continue onto law school to be an attorney. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he also possesses an extensive background in residential property management and customer service. He plans on using these traits and his academic successes to assist others in preparing for their future.

Legal Assistant to Franchise, Business and Trademark Clients
Theodore J. Henry
Alex PenaMarketing



Alex is one of the firm’s marketing assistants. He joined the Shelton Law & Associates team with the ambition to pursue a career in the legal field. His entrepreneurial background includes forming an organization that empowers young professionals and works to help promote the image and ideal of the modern day professional. His passion is to create a network for those who work together to make business, better. Alex is currently finishing a transfer program at Sacramento City College.  His future plans upon completing his Sociology degree is to attend UC Davis and create colorful solutions to issues faced by society in everyday interactions with the law.

Alex Pena