Chicago IL 60606
- J.D., with honors, Loyola University School of Law, 1997
- B.S., summa cum laude, highest distinction, Loyola University of Chicago, 1994 (criminal justice)
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar
- U.S. District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois
Shelli L. Anderson
Shelli’s compassionate nature and employment law know-how provide employers with a distinct combination of attributes to handle difficult and sensitive personnel situations. Relying on her internal ethical compass, Shelli is a committed and tenacious advocate for her clients.
Shelli focuses primarily on counseling and litigating on behalf of school districts with respect to general education law, with an emphasis on employment and labor matters. Her practice also includes counseling and litigating for private employers with respect to discrimination matters. She has tried numerous employment cases in both state and federal courts, before the EEOC and before arbitration panels. Shelli has extensive experience with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Local Government and Governmental Employee Tort Immunity Act and employee discipline matters.
In 2010, Shelli was named to the annual “40 Under 40” published by Law Bulletin Publishing which selects and recognizes 40 attorneys under the age of 40 based on nominations by their clients, peers and the legal community.
Shelli is a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations, as well as the Illinois School Attorneys Counsel.
Representative Experience click to view
- Serves as first chair in numerous teacher dismissal hearings resulting in judgments in the school districts’ favor, involving, for example, sexual misconduct, insubordination and mental disability
- Resolved a high profile matter for a charter school in a prominent Illinois school district, involving sexual misconduct between a teacher and a young boy
- Negotiated a favorable settlement for a school district in two high profile sexual misconduct cases, involving a teacher and young girls
- Prepared two school districts for teachers’ strikes, which were successfully avoided
- Represented school districts on unfair labor practice charges before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board
- Obtained a judgment for a school district before the Illinois Appellate Court in a tort immunity case and currently defending appeals on tort and constitutional questions
- Represented private and public schools before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and other governmental agencies
- Governor Quinn Signs Education Reform Legislation
- Supreme Court to Hear Argument in Employee “Sexting” Case
- Seventh Circuit Finds that School District is not Liable for Sexual Harassment by a Former Teacher
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- Shedding (Natural) Light on When a Condition is a Disability: Lessons Learned from Eckstrand v. School District of Somerset
- To Accommodate or Not to Accommodate? Answers to the Essential Questions about a Teacher’s Fitness for Duty under the Amended ADA and Regulations
- To Accommodate or Not to Accommodate? Answers to the Essential Questions About a Teacher’s Fitness for Duty Under the Amended ADA & Regulations
- 2012 Employment Law Conference
- Are Teachers Fit for Duty?
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