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Shelly J. Edgerton Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan


Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1987

Western Michigan University, MPA, 1983

Western Michigan University, B.S., 1981

Shelly J. Edgerton is a senior counsel in Dykema's Government Policy Practice Group. Ms. Edgerton’s practice focuses on cannabis licensing and compliance, legislation, campaign finance and election law, liquor licensing and compliance, and working with other regulated industries.

Ms. Edgerton led the creation for the regulatory licensing program for the State of Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) at LARA. She created the Bureau that houses the program and assisted with the creation of administration rules and selection of personnel and IT development for addressing the regulatory needs of this emerging industry. Ms. Edgerton is a frequent speaker on cannabis licensing.

Ms. Edgerton successfully guided the modernization of numerous legacy IT systems for the licensing and regulatory functions of LARA. With these changes, LARA improved customer response timeliness by cutting more than 30 key processing times by 77%.

In addition to government relations and licensing work, Ms. Edgerton served as a local elected supervisor for a West Michigan Township and wrote successful grant applications for the locality to earn funds to purchase a fire vehicle.

Ms. Edgerton served as Deputy Senate Majority Counsel for numerous Senate Majority Leaders. She instructed and guided members regarding the Constitution, Senate Rules, Open Meetings Act and the Freedom Of Information Act while also assisting with election and campaign finance issues.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board, Member

  • Western Michigan University, Member, Board of Trustees

  • Local Non-Profit serving to preserve alumni pictures, Member, Board of Directors
  • Michigan Excellence in Public Service, Founding Director
  • Appointed State Board of Election Canvassers, 2007
  • International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) Merit Award for the development and implementation of the Corporations Online Filing System (COFS), 2018

  • Recipient of CLEAR Regulatory Excellence Award, 2016
  • MICPA Chair's Service Award, 2016
  • Certified Scrum Project Owner, 2014