CONTACT INFORMATION
(312) 641-1555
SRaines@SanchezDH.com

PRACTICE FOCUS

Civil Rights Litigation
General Tort Litigation
Employment Law
School and Municipal Law

EDUCATION

J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2009
B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Brustin & Lundblad, Ltd. 2009-2011

Contact Information


(312) 641-1555
SRaines@SanchezDH.com

Practice Focus


Civil Rights Litigation
General Tort Litigation
Employment Law
School and Municipal Law

Education


J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2009
B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004

Bar & Court Admissions


Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Legal Experience


Brustin & Lundblad, Ltd. 2009-2011

Prior to joining the firm, ShawnTe Raines was a plaintiff’s attorney handling various personal injury claims involving auto accidents, premise liability, nursing home negligence, construction accidents, FELA claims, and other general tort claims. Since joining Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman in 2011, her experience has expanded to include defense of civil rights litigation and labor and employment law matters.

Ms. Raines currently serves as general counsel for two Illinois municipalities and a suburban school district. In such roles, Ms. Raines not only manages litigation but also counsels clients regarding general employment decisions, best practices, policy-making and ordinance drafting, administrative hearings, collective bargaining matters, contracts, grievance arbitrations, personnel and disciplinary action. Ms. Raines actively manages cases from inception to disposition inclusive of motion practice, oral and written discovery, trial and appeal in federal and state court. Additionally, she assists with the supervision and coordination of defense strategy for the municipal law team of associates. She is also certified administrative hearing officer who adjudicates local ordinance violations. She also acts as retained defense counsel for governmental entities.

She has successfully defended claims filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Federal District Court pursuant to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, and claims arising from other constitutional violations pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983. Throughout her experience, she has been successful at negotiating settlements and arbitrating cases.


TRIALS AND APPELLATE VICTORIES

  • Affordable Recovery Housing v. City of Blue Island (7th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017) – Summary judgment granted on all counts in factually complex case alleging various civil rights violations including Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 1st amendment, Fair Housing Act, and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act where city enforced local zoning, fire and building codes against religious entity whose use and occupancy violated such codes. Affirmed on appeal.
  • Boyd v. School District 89 (First District Appellate Court, 2013) – Ruling in favor of defense sustaining dismissal of tenured employee alleging violation of due process and violation of statutory requirements in termination. Affirmed on appeal.
  • Coleman v. City of Chicago (Northern District of Illinois, 2012) – Defense verdict obtained on excessive force suit. Plaintiff was an elderly woman who made a sympathetic witness. Role included cross-examination and impeachment of the plaintiff as well as trial preparation (i.e. motions in limine, jury instructions, witness preparation, direct examination outlines, final pre-trial order).

PUBLICATIONS

  • “An Epic Battle: Your Zoning Code Versus Their Religion.” Illinois Municipal Review: June 2017, 23-24.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Proviso Township Mental Commission, Commissioner since 2013
  • Illinois Counsel of School Attorneys