Shelli Clarkston-Mertz - Gilliland & Hays Attorney
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Shelli Clarkston-Mertz

Shelli Clarkston-Mertz attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law where she earned her Masters of Law in Taxation and Juris Doctorate. While at UMKC, Shelli received the award of Outstanding Tax Student from the Kansas City Low Income Tax Clinic. Shelli also served on the executive board of the Ellison Moot Court, served as President of one of UMKC's student organizations, and was a staff member of one of the country's top law journals, the Urban Lawyer.

In addition, Shelli earned a Masters of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Leadership from Doane College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 

In her practice, Shelli assists businesses with entity formations, dissolutions, and reorganizations, and other business tax related matters. Shelli also assists individuals with estate and succession planning. 

Shelli previously worked for a Fortune 500 company where she advised hundreds of clients on complex state and federal tax procedures relating to all types of business entities, foreclosures, cancellation of debt, and rental properties. 

Shelli has also assisted the Kansas City Low Income Tax Clinic where she worked with IRS Appeals Officers on client Tax Court cases, as well as handled many tax controversy cases dealing with levies, collections, and offers in compromise. 

Prior to attending law school Shelli worked in the banking and financial industry for ten years where she worked with clients on personal financial matters, planning, and financial responsibility

Shelli is very active in the Manhattan, Kansas community and is actively involved with the following organizations: 

  • Manhattan Konza Rotary 
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce 
  • Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Board 
  • Mercy Auxiliary Board of Directors 

Shelli is a member of the following bar associations: 

  • American Bar Association 
  • Kansas Bar Association 
  • Missouri Bar Association 
  • Riley County Bar Association 


Shelli Clarkston-Mertz
103 S. 4th Street, Suite 201
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-539-6005
Fax: 800-210-9835

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