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. (During the school year)

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present “Building Better BIPs: Strategies from Case Law,” at the LRP Special Education School Attorneys Conference, January 25-27, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Courtney N. Stillman and Darcee C. Williams will present “Keep School Safe: Comprehensive Student Threat Assessment,” at the Joint IASB/IASA/IASBO Conference in November, 2022.

  • Courtney N. Stillman will present “Special Education Update” at the 36th Annual Illinois Council of School Attorneys Seminar on School Law on November 18, 2022 at the Chicago Hyatt-Regency.



  • 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