Melvin O. Shaw

Melvin O. Shaw

The Law Office of Melvin O. Shaw, P.L.C.
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Biography

Melvin O. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law (2004). He has a Master’s in journalism from the UI, and a B.S. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Melvin has been a solo practitioner since he opened his law firm in 2006.

Melvin will serve a one-year term as president of the Iowa State Bar Association starting June 2024. He is Chair of the Iowa Judicial Qualifications Commission and has served on the JQC since 2018. Melvin was appointed to the Lawyers Trust Account Commission 2024-2027 under an order of appointment by Iowa State Supreme Court Justice Susan Larson Christensen.

Melvin is a member of the ISBA’s Business Law, Estate Planning, and Real Estate Law Sections. He is authoring a manuscript for a national legal publisher on Iowa business entities. Melvin has presented on various probate, business law, and real estate topics for the ISBA, National Business Institute, and other groups.

Melvin will serve as Chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division in August 2024 and as GPSolo Division Chair in August 2025. He is a fellow of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Practice Areas
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Fees
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Iowa
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
The Law Office of Melvin O. Shaw, P.L.C.
- Current
Education
University of Iowa
J.D. (2004) | Law
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Activities: Member, Journal of Corporation Law Student Representative, Law School Dean Search Committee Member, Student Government
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University of Iowa
M.A. (1997) | Journalism
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University of Missouri - Columbia
B.A. (1995) | Political Science
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Awards
Client Champion award
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell
Avvo Client’s Choice
Avvo
Professional Associations
Johnson County Bar Association
Current
Activities: Johnson County Bar Association (President, 2017 - 2018; Vice President, 2016 - 2017; Treasurer, 2015 - 2016; Secretary, 2013 - 2014)
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Systems Unlimited, Inc.
Board Member
- Current
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Charter Review Commission, City of Iowa City, Iowa
Member
- Current
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The Housing Fellowship
Board of Trustees
- Current
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Iowa State Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Iowa State Bar Association (Probate, Real Estate, Business Law, and Family Law committees)
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Probate, National Business Institute
Probate Process from Start to Finish
National Business Institute
Probate Process from Start to Finish
National Business Institute
Estate Planning Basics
National Business Institute
Spousal Elective Share/Laws of Testate/Intestate Succession, Probate Process from A to Z
Probate, Estate Planning Seminar
Websites & Blogs
Website
Firm Website
Blog
Contact & Map
The Law Office of Melvin O. Shaw, P.L.C.
1303 5th Street
Suite 104B
Coralville, IA 52241
Telephone: (319) 337-7429
Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed