Ms. Shirk worked as an attorney for the federal government, Tennessee state government, and in the corporate legal departments for several insurance companies and agencies. In 2011, she transitioned from giving legal advice to consulting on human resources issues through her company, Corporate Compliance Risk Advisor, LLC. She helps small business owners navigate compliance risks related to human resources, including employee benefits. She does educational presentations on employee/HR topics, including the Affordable Care Act. She writes a weekly blog, www.hrcompliancejungle.com. She also contributes to several other blogs and newsletters. Her hobbies include studying military history.