Elite New Partner Profile-Shakeena Melbourne

July 17, 2018 New Elite Partners

Elite New Partner Profile

Name: Shakeena Melbourne

Title:Principal Attorney

Company Website: www.uplawpllc.com

Company Name: Upton Law, PLLC
Phone Number: (248) 677-6535 ext. 108
Email: lawyer@uplawpllc.com
Address: 24724 Farmbrook Rd., Ste. 100, Southfield, MI 48034

Brief Company History

The law firm was registered with the state of Michigan in March of 2018. The law firm was opened to assist clients in civil matters on July 2, 2018 with hours from 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday. Evenings and weekends are available by appointment.

Overview of Services Offered

The law firm specializes in:  Business Transactions, i.e. business formations such as Limited Liability Companies, Corporations and Non-Profit Organizations; operating agreements; enter joint ventures and work with strategic partners; license, sell, acquire, and protect copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property assets.

  1. Real Estate Transactions, i.e. real estate development agreements, contracts, lease agreements, land contracts, construction liens, landlord-tenant disputes, evictions and foreclosure actions.
  2. Estate Planning- the preparation and execution of wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, medical directive, durable power of attorney.

Personal Statement

Ms. Melbourne’s passion for the law began admiring her uncle’s enthusiastic business adventure of owning a Jamaican restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Melbourne believed in her uncle’s vision and assisted him in maintaining the productivity of his business. Ms. Melbourne strived to excel in academia, volunteered in the community and worked at her uncle’s restaurant assisting with inventory, assessing the financials and of course waiting tables. Ms. Melbourne attended college at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in International Affairs. Immediately thereafter, she attended Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School receiving a Juris Doctorate focusing in Business and International Law and an LLM in Corporate Finance.


During her tenure, Ms. Melbourne studied abroad in London, England taking classes taught by an International Arbitrator from Melbourne, Australia in business and international law, completed 8 internships in law school within different areas and industries from solo practitioners in Wills & Estates to Gun Law, the Attorney General’s Office, to a mid-size firm specializing in Zoning and Condemnation in Chicago, Illinois and later worked as an intern and progressed to in-house counsel at First National Bank of America, headquarters in Lansing, MI where she assisted in real estate transactions, collections, landlord/tenant eviction, execution of deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure to name a few. At Kilpatrick & Associates, P.C., Ms. Melbourne represented car finance companies, property taxes and water services in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. She prepared and executed Reaffirmation Agreements, Lease Assumptions, Motions and Stipulations for Relief from the Automatic Stay. Ms. Melbourne also represented businesses in matters of Creditor’s Rights and state and federal collections.

While in law school and after 25 years of service, her uncle’s business was closed down due to a financial downfall and health concerns. Despite being unable to help her uncle stay in business, Ms. Melbourne has made it a priority to assist businesses for the life of her legal career, assist individuals with estate planning, bankruptcy and real estate transactions.

Ms. Melbourne is admitted in the State Bar of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Links to Social Medial Profiles

  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shakeena-melbourne-dj-llm-523a9835/
  • Twitter: @UptonLaw_PLLC
  • Instragram: uptonlaw_pllc

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