Shelley B. Ballard

Shelley B. Ballard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Chicago, IL

Shelley B. Ballard PC
 | 180 North LaSalle St., Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-981-0272
Fax: 844-201-0363
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Shelley Ballard is a solo practitioner (and adoptive parent herself) dedicated to helping others build their families through adoption. Shelley has provided counsel to thousands of families created through adoption since 1988.  The firm maintains offices in downtown Chicago and Evanston to allow convenient access for suburban clients while also being close to the Cook County adoption court. 

    Ms. Ballard is a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of law and a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, an active member of the Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law Committee where she helps draft and lobby for changes in adoption law, and a contributor to the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Handbook on Adoption.  She is an adjunct professor at Loyola School at law where she teaches an adoption seminar and has been recognized as a top lawyer in adoption by Leading Lawyers.

    About Shelley Ballard

    Admitted: 1987, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • Leading Lawyer - Adoption (Advisory Board), Leading Lawyers
    • Recognized by the Illinois House of Representatives in a formal House resolution for her efforts in passing the Baby Richard law, 1994
    • Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Northwestern University School of Law, 1987
    • National organization of attorneys devoted to the ethical and competent representation of parties in adoption and collaborative reproduction matters, 1990 to present, Fellow, Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law school, teaches a seminar on adoption law, 2014 to present
    • Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law Committee, twice past chair, 1988 to 1998, 2002 to present
    • Guardian ad Litem for minor children in the Cook County, Illinois Adoption Court, 2012 to presnt

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors of the On Your Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to birth parents who have placed children for adoption, serving as President of the Board, Secretary and Treasurer, from 2004 to 2015
    • Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer, Midwest Adoption Center, a nonprofit organization that provides services to persons touched by foster care and adoption, including search and confidential intermediary services, 2015 to present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Wrote the chapters on Interstate and Adult Adoption for the 2016 Illinois Adoption Law Practice Handbook, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and regular contributor to prior versions of the the Handbook since the 1990's, Author, 2016
    • Wrote the chapter on adoption for the Illinois State Bar Association's Family Law Handbook, Author, 2011

    Educational Background:

    • BS, Engineering Science, Magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, 1979

    Industry Groups

    • Adoption Law
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    Office Location for Shelley B. Ballard

    180 North LaSalle St.
    Suite 3700
    Chicago, IL 60601

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    Last Updated: 10/26/2019

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