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Practice Areas
  • J.D., with honors, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1997
  • B.S., summa cum laude, highest distinction, Loyola University of Chicago, 1994 (Criminal Justice)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois
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Shelli L. Anderson


Shelli serves as general counsel to several Illinois school districts and private schools. She is often called upon by school districts to investigate and provide training related to sexual harassment and abuse. She also frequently speaks and provides training on a wide range of topics including tenured teacher dismissal, conducting investigations, teacher and student boundary issues, bullying, hazing and mandated reporting, best practices in conducting evaluations, FSLA compliance, and labor relations.

Shelli is a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and the American and Illinois State Bar Associations. She is also a founder of the Women’s Network of School Administrators (WNSA), a professional organization formed to support Illinois female school administrators as they ascend into leadership roles.

Shelli was selected by Crain’s as one of Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers in 2018. She has been consistently recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer and was selected to the annual “40 Under 40” by Law Bulletin Publishing based on nominations of clients, peers, and the legal community.

Recent Speaking Engagements

Do's and Dont's of Conducting Investigations; Association of Legal Administrators; September 2018
All Eyes on You - How Will Your District Handle Sexual Harassment Allegations?; IASPA 11th Annual Conference; January 2018
Responding to Sexual Harassment in Schools; Franczek Radelet Annual School Law Conference; April 2018

Representative Experience  click to view

  • Provides counsel and guidance in all aspects of teacher personnel matters, including evaluation, discipline, and dismissal
  • Assists in negotiating collective bargaining agreements for teacher and support staff contracts on behalf of various school districts
  • Advises school districts on reduction in force matters as well as compliance with PERA and Senate Bill 7
  • Successfully represented school districts in several high profile tenured teacher dismissal hearings
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a class action FLSA lawsuit
  • Regularly litigates in State and Federal Court for school districts