About Synthia Shilling

Over the course of her career, attorney Synthia Shilling has carved out a niche in public interest law, building expertise in employment, education, and other practice areas. In practice for 15 years, Synthia Shilling most recently worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she reviewed investigations into equal employment opportunity claims of harassment, discrimination, and reprisal.

Before joining the USDA, Synthia Shilling enjoyed a long and successful tenure as staff counsel within large public school districts in her home state of Maryland. She spent five years at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, where she served as a versatile legal counsel for administrators and employees, in addition to training staff in regulatory compliance protocols. She began her law career as an associate at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), preceded by several years as a secondary school teacher in the Howard County Public School System. Ms. Shilling holds a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law, an MS in educational leadership from Johns Hopkins, and an MA and a BA in English from the University of Maryland.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2013 - Present

Attorney

USDA
Nov 2006 - Aug 2012

Attorney

Prince George's County Public Schools
Aug 2001 - Nov 2006

Attorney

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Education

Education
Apr 1994 - May 1996

MS

Johns Hopkins University
Aug 1991 - Aug 1994

M.A

University of Maryland College Park
Aug 1986 - Aug 1988

B.A

University of Maryland