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Shay Recla is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Environmental, Business, and Litigation Practice Groups. She assists financial institutions, corporate clients and government entities with civil litigation, business, environmental, compliance and real estate and land use issues. Shay has 10 years of experience as a paralegal and, prior to that, worked in the insurance industry and for a venture capital company which targeted telecommunications and internet technology companies.

Ms. Recla has assisted with numerous real estate transactions, environmental compliance matters, corporate transactions and administrative actions. She has also assisted with the formation of conservancy districts, regional water and sewer districts and associated bond transactions. Shay regularly assists with civil litigation matters, including appellate work.

Professional Associations

  • Michiana Paralegal Association, Member

Representative Experience

  • Assisted with a federal Consent Decree case resulting in an approximate $2 million reduction in remediation costs and penalties, including affiliated appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court
  • Assisted with case involving the defense of an Indiana city in a case of first impression defeating plaintiffs’ claims of a riparian “right to a view” and inverse condemnation, including a successful appeal to the Indiana Court of Appeals
  • Assisted with $12 million Stock Purchase Agreement and corporate acquisition of a Midwest environmental consulting and engineering company by a publicly-owned Australian company (responsible for drafting and compiling exhibits, schedules and related closing documents)
  • Assisted health care provider with purchase, financing and conversion of 100,000 square foot former shopping center into multi-specialty medical office building
  • Responsible for all aspects of real estate transactions including reviewing title work and drafting real estate purchase agreements, lease agreements, sublease agreements, easement agreements, conveyance documents and affiliated closing documents
  • Involved in all aspects of litigation process including drafting initial pleadings, court filings, discovery requests and compilation of responsive discovery documents
  • Regularly assists Business Practice Group with formation of business entities, Uniform Commercial Code filings and regulatory correspondence


  • Paralegal Certificate, Indiana University, South Bend, Indiana, 2009
  • B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, with honors, Michigan State University - James Madison College, East Lansing, Michigan, 1994


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Real Estate

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Thought Leadership

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