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Shelley B. Ballard

Practice areas:

Adoption, Family

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Adoption: 90%
    27 years
  2. Family: 10%
    23 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Sara R. Howard

    Shelley is a well respected adoption attorney; she is knowledgeble and a fierce advocate for her clients.


    Sara Howard Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Steven M. Kirsh

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Shelley for years. She is smart, thorough, and personable -- all very good qualities for an adoption attorney.


    Steven Kirsh Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

221 N. Lasalle St., Suite 1136
Chicago, IL, 60601-1328


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198705/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBallard Desai & Miller2010 - Present
PartnerBallard Desai Bush-Joseph & Horwich2002 - 2009
PresidentShelley B. Ballard, P.C.1998 - 2002
PartnerBostick Bush-Joseph & Howich1995 - 1998
PresidentShelley B. Bostick, Attorney at Law1988 - 1995
AssociateLatham & Watkins1987 - 1988
Marketing RepresentativeIBM1979 - 1984

Association NamePosition NameDuration
On Your Feet FoundationBoard President2003 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow1990 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationIllinois Adoption Law2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Vanderbilt UniversityEngineering ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1979