Synthia Shilling

Maryland-Based Education and Labor Attorney

About Synthia Shilling

An attorney with more than a decade of experience in labor, education, and other areas of public interest law, Synthia Shilling most recently worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. The recipient of an MA in English from the University of Maryland and an MS in educational leadership from Johns Hopkins, Synthia Shilling spent the first phase of her career as a middle and high school teacher in Maryland’s Howard County Public School System. In the late 1990s, Ms. Shilling enrolled at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she earned a faculty scholarship and served on the law review staff. From there, she joined Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) as an associate and began a prolific legal career, representing clients on a variety of matters involving education and employment law.

In a convergence of her training as a teacher and lawyer, Synthia Shilling next became staff counsel for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, where from 2001 through 2006 she worked with administrators and employees of the major school district. Since then, she has continued to serve individuals and organizations in public education, as well as the USDA in its analysis of EEO investigations.