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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 experience

Sep 2013Present


Nov 2006Aug 2012


Prince George's County Public Schools
Aug 2001Nov 2006


Anne Arundel County Public Schools


Apr 1994May 1996


Johns Hopkins University
Aug 1991Aug 1994


University of Maryland College Park
Aug 1986Aug 1988


University of Maryland