Hello there! i'm so grateful you stopped by Shapland Legacy. "Shapland" is the surname of my great grandparents, George and Marcia (Mar-CEE-ah) Shapland. George was a pathologist who fought on behalf of England in World War One. Shortly after the war ended, they fled Southern England to Buenes Aires, Argentina by boat and opened a candy shop. They eventually returned to England to raise my grandmother on a rural property teeming with animals, including hedgehogs, a resident monkey and a cat named "Whisky" that lived to be twenty-five years old.
These are the images to which I tend to return when I'm seeking creativity: the bravery to take bold chances in life and an ardent love for both family and nature. I especially think about their candy shop. After all of the travails of war, I love that they chose to open a store that would bring joy to everyone, especially children. I like to think that spirit of generosity and joy is their true legacy and that is what I try to reflect on these pages.
I began my career as a microbiologist before attending law school. I've served as General Counsel of a public biotechnology company and as a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Michigan Biotechnology Industry Association. I currently work as a Senior Counsel for a respected software company based in Metro-Detroit. I've also served as Associated Editor of The SciTech Lawyer Magazine; and lectured at such events as the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), University of Michigan, and Stanford University Law School.
My passions include painting, health & wellness, 1960s American design, writing and hiking; as well as Great Lakes water conservation and supporting the efforts of the World Wildlife Fund. I reside in Metro-Detroit with my partner of eight years, two children, a hamster and two cats.