Shelley VanDyke, Paralegal

ShelleyShelley is all about family: the high school sweetheart she married, their two kids, her parents (my rock), her siblings (my sounding board), and the two family dogs. Fortunately, she treats Minnesota Construction Law and its clients like extended family.

Shelley uses her paralegal training to save our clients money by completing critical tasks that don't require attorney time. She conducts research, prepares court filings and provides clients with updates on their legal matters. She also schedules meetings, relays answers and fields general office questions.

"Paralegal has been a great choice for me. I love the research and making sure that our clients are taken care of. I work for a great guy and truly enjoy my job. Not a lot of people can say that," Shelley said.

Shelley grew up in South St Paul and moved to Kansas City for a nursing degree and healthcare career. She and her husband returned here to be close to family as they began to raise their children. After being a stay-at-home mom when her kids were young, she returned to school and received a Paralegal Degree from Minnesota School of Business in 2011. Initially, she worked with Bill Gschwind at another firm. Then she joined his Minnesota Construction Law firm in 2013.

"I loved nursing, but the paralegal career gives me the chance to be the wife and mother that I want to be," she said.

Shelley is a diehard Minnesota sports fan who bleeds purple, coaches her daughter's soccer team and seldom misses her son's tennis matches. She also is an avid camper who believes that a great tent beats a trailer every time. In summer, her family enjoys geocaching and exploring new campgrounds.

"I have become chief chauffer and cheerleader for everything my children do, and I would not change a thing," she said.