Courtney N. Stillman
312.565.3100 ext. 232
312.515.3413 cell

Ms. Stillman has over twenty years of experience in special education and disability law.  She counsels school districts regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Illinois School Code and special education regulations, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She represents schools at IEP meetings, mediations, administrative due process hearings, court proceedings, and in State complaint investigations.  She also counsels districts on various other student issues.  Before representing school districts, she represented parents of students with disabilities for ten years.


She regularly speaks and provides training on a wide range of special education and student rights issues, Title IX sexual harassment, student records and confidentiality issues.


Ms. Stillman was a member of her local Board of Education for eleven years and was president of that school board for six years. She also served as a trustee on her local public library board for six years.


She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Manchester College in 1989 and graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Law in 1992.  In law school, she was an Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Review, valedictorian of her law school class, and received the Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the development of the law school.  She is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Indiana.


She is an Illinois Leading Lawyer in School Law and was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2021.

Upcoming Presentations

  • Chalk Talks every Tuesday 7:45-8:00 a.m.

  • “Special Education: What You need to Know as Superintendent” as a virtual workshop for the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) on November 10, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Administrator Academy #3792 Meeting Virtually: A Year in Review and Tools for Future Success on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. This Administrator Academy is sponsored by IAASE, SELA and NSSEO

  • “To Stay Put or Not: The Complexities of Then Current Placements” at the LRP 2022 School Attorneys Conference, Sarasota, FL., February 2-4, 2022

  • “When To Go Home: Home/Hospital Services in the Aftermath of COVID-19” at LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities,” Louisville, KY, April 24-27, 2022



  • State of Indiana, 1992

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1992

  • State of Illinois, 1994

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1994

  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2010