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.
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Speaking to both Franchisors and Franchisees on an international stage, and logging over 30 years in the industry, Lynne utilizes her current Franchisor knowledge, plus the past 783 unit franchise system experience to teach those who want to “Expand Your Brand”® by franchising their business, or buying a franchise. She has authored many articles and a book, “How to Buy a Franchise with your Retirement Funds.” She earned the elite titles of Certified Franchise Executive (“CFE”) by the International Franchise Association in 2013 and was admitted as a Franchise Expert Witness during a large 2018 franchise court case. To learn more about Lynne, click here.
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Ms. McAmis is a Franchise and Trusts Attorney with Shelton Law & Associates. Christina has also clerked for the prestigious and Honorable Consuelo Callahan of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Christina shouldered responsibility and embraced challenges as an elite level gymnast at a very young age. She tackled being a business owner before her eighteenth birthday and thrived in the face of a devastating diagnosis. Christina is a metastatic cancer warrior who has overcome adversity to practice law. Before and throughout law school Christina studied Alternative Dispute Resolution including earning a degree in ADR. She is a recipient of the Witkin Award for Mediation. During law school she was also awarded a Soroptomist scholarship; recognized for her legal research and editing skills in the legal Text Book, Understanding Torts 9th edition, and graduated with the elusive “Great Distinction” honors. Christina enjoys “geeking out” in her free time by reading Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as by participating in mock trials and authoring articles for comic book events. She has defended the Winter Soldier and written about Captain America’s military benefits. Now Christina’s writing can be viewed on the BeTheBoss expert legal writers page and in the Franchise Connect Magazine on a fairly regularly basis.
Today Christina enjoys helping others achieve their dreams and overcome adversity. She speaks regularly at Franchise Business Expos and other events to help educate and inspire others.
Jereme has been with Shelton Law for over 12 years now and has worked his way up to the position of Director of Franchise Strategy. Internally known as the “Change-Agent,” Jereme is an out-of-the-box thinker who is unafraid to innovate when necessary. As a leader Jereme stands out as a serial entrepreneur with an exceptional ability to build rapport, influence decisions, and stimulate growth.
Elmer Ayala is a Legal Strategist at Shelton Law & Associates. Elmer is a graduate from California State University, East Bay and studied Political Science while attending the university. Elmer has become one of the most reliable Legal Strategists in the firm and specializes in creating and analyzing Franchise Disclosure Documents as well as providing knowledge on Franchisor and Franchisee relationships, Intellectual property, company formation, and vendor agreements. Elmer aspires to continue his education and grow within the firm as well as starting a family in his home state of California. As your lead Legal Strategist, Elmer will take care of any questions you have promptly and will ensure that your projects will be completed in a timely fashion and with great attention to detail.
Nico moved to the US to marry his wife and start a new life on this side of the great pond. Growing up in Germany, he holds the title of Ingenieur (Engineer) as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management. Before joining the team at Shelton Law & Associates, he gathered experience in marketing for several tourism destinations. Being in nature is Nico’s happy place and aquatic life his passion.
I had an amazing “best friend” toy Pomeranian named Jobert for 17 years. He was the best dog and everyone loved him. After several years, my great aunt who helped raise and support me was very lonely after her husband died, so we decided to get her a Pomeranian, but couldn’t find any good ones in Kansas. We found one here in California when visiting, and tried to arrange to fly it to her to no avail. After two weeks of attempting arrangements, and falling in love with this adorable little girl Allie, my husband drove her to Kansas and delivered her to Aunt Carol in person.
After having been a caretaker for over two weeks, I realized after she was gone, how much I missed having a baby Pom in my life. I set a Craigslist search reminder for toy Pomeranians and kept watch and started praying. God please provide me with another parti-Pom (named because they are part white and part another color – in Jobert’s case peach), but Lord let it have the fox like longer nose, so it doesn’t look just like Jobert, and let it be tiny like he was, and let it be a boy, which I know Lord is the rarest type of Parti-Pom. Oh and Lord, can you wait and find it until I get back from South Africa trip for our non-profit Raising a Nation? I really don’t want to get a puppy right before I am gone for 3 weeks and have it bond and fall in love with my husband or Mom while they take care of him.
I had tons and tons of alerts come up on Craigslist, even while I was in South Africa, but each time none were Parti-Pom’s. I arrived back in the US late Friday night, and on Saturday morning, right after our 6am prayer call, a Craigslist posting popped up. An adorable white Parti-Pom, the last one and even the runt of the litter was posted. I quickly responded and made arrangements to go see him later that day.
Upon arrival, he was asleep in a Tupperware storage bin all by himself, so the owner took me outside to see the parents and the one little mate they had decided to keep. It about knocked me on my tukkous that little mate looked exactly like Jobert, the wider nose, white and peach parti-pom and even the very full double coat of hair. Wow, but it was a little girl. I was like uh oh, I bet the this sleeping puppy inside has that same look, the same wider nose, not the fox like nose that would make him different looking than Jobert had been.
Then I went inside, kind of holding my breath, and looked down in the tub and there he was looking straight up at me with those beautiful, bright, trusting eyes, and that adorable fox-like nose. He was different and so adorable!! And I whispered “thank you God for answered prayers” and so I named him Jacob, because he was chosen gift to me.
If you ever get a chance to come by the office, Jacob will gladly meet you with a ferocious bark, and then an adorable wagging tail, while he prances around your feet inviting you to fall in love with him too.
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.