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Shayla is an Associate in the Real Estate and Commercial Finance practice groups. She focuses her practice on the purchase, sale, development, financing, leasing, and management of commercial and residential real estate properties, including raw land. Shayla also represents borrowers and lenders in New Markets Tax Credits transactions through which borrowers construct or rehabilitate facilities which will contribute to the economic development of low-income communities. Shayla works with a range of clients including publicly traded conglomerates, nonprofits, and closely held businesses.

Shayla is the Attorney Chair of the firm’s Inclusion Network for Black team members and she serves as a Director of the Hearing Speech + Deaf Center.

While in law school, Shayla served on the Student Bar Association as a Senator for Faculty Appointments and as the inaugural Chief of Staff. She also served as Professional Development Chair of the Moritz Black Law Students Association and was an active General Body Member. Shayla spent her last semester of law school studying abroad in Madrid, Spain at Comillas Pontifical University in their Master of International and European Business Law program. Before pursuing her J.D., Shayla received her MBA, concentrated in Ethics and Governance. She spent a year serving in AmeriCorps VISTA and has worked in various roles in budget planning and nonprofit governance. Shayla is from Dayton, OH, a proud stutterer, and a dog mom.

Other Info About Shayla


Law School

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2022

Graduate School

Xavier University, MBA, 2019

Undergraduate School

DePaul University, B.S.B, Finance, 2017


Shayla served as a clerk for the court(s) and judge(s) below:

Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Spring 2021

Bar Memberships

Shayla is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 2022


Local & National Recognition

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Robert M. Duncan 3L Service Award, 2022

Yvette McGee Brown Diversity Enrichment Scholar, 2019-2022

Congressman William McCulloch Scholar, 2019-2022

Keating Muthing Klekamp 1L Diversity Case Competition, 2nd Place, 2020

CALI Award for the highest grade in Commercial Leasing, 2021

Ethics & Compliance Initiative, Northrop Grumman Ethics Academy Scholar, 2019

Xavier University Cintas Corporation’s Center for Business Ethics, Graduate Ethics Fellow, 2019

DePaul University, St. Louise de Marillac Women of Spirit and Action Award, 2016

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Hearing Speech + Deaf Center, Director

Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Board Governance Volunteer, Spring 2021

Ohio Workers First Campaign, Voter Protection Volunteer, 2020-Present

AmeriCorps VISTA – Springfield Promise Neighborhood, Resource Development Coordinator, 2017-2018

Strive for College – DePaul University, President & Founder, 2015-2017

Major Publications

Shayla is an author or contributor to the following publications:

“The Largest Government Bailouts in U.S. History and Their Neglect of Black Americans: The Consequences of Underserving Black Americans in Economic Stimulus Policy”, Midwest Journal of Law and Policy, Spring 2022