Shelley B. Ballard, PC
Practice Focused On Adoption

Shelley B. Ballard

Shelley B. Ballard

Chicago, Illinois

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Cook County Adoption Court, Guardian ad Litem for minors, 2012 – 2017
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Panel Attorney, 2002 to Present


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois - 1987
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif (top 10% of her class)
  • Vanderbilt University School of Engineering - 1979
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works

  • The Baby Richard Law: Changes to the Adoption Act, Illinois Bar Journal, December, 1994
  • Chapter on Adoption, ISBA Family Law Handbook, Illinois State Bar Association, 2011
  • Chapters on Interstate and Adult Adoption, Illinois Adoption Law Practice Handbook, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2016


  • Adjunct Professor, Annual Seminar on Adoption Law, Loyola University Law School, 2014 - Present
  • Annual Adoption Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, frequent speaker
  • ABCs of Adoption Seminars, Resolve of Illinois, 1990’s to early 2000’s

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized by Leading Lawyers Network as a Top Lawyer in Adoption and Reproductive Technology
  • Recognized by the Illinois House of Representatives in a Formal House Resolution

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Fellow, 1990 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee, Member, 1988 – 1998, 2002 to present. Chair, 1993 - 1994, 2005 - 2006, 2005 - 2006
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • On Your Feet Foundation, Board of Directors, Member, 2004 - 2015. President, 2009 - 2011. Lifetime Director, 2015 - present, 2004 - 2015
  • Midwest Adoption Center, Board of Directors, 2015. Secretary/Treasurer, 2016 - present

Previous Names

  • Shelley Bostick

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