Shavaun Adams Taylor



Shavaun Adams Taylor has experience in single and multi-plaintiff litigation brought under federal and state employment laws against allegations of race, gender, national origin and age discrimination. She also counsels employers in drafting employment-related contracts and revising employment policies and handbooks to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

Shavaun defends employers in class and collective actions involving state and federal employment and wage and hour laws, including FLSA, Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act. She also defends employers in other complex litigation matters, including large-scale EEOC systemic investigations involving various allegations of discrimination and disparate impact claims arising out of the use of background checks, government enforcement actions by the Department of Justice involving large-scale electronic discovery requests and multimillion-dollar projected fines, and complex workplace investigations involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Shavaun regularly represents and advises hospital and health care providers in labor relations and employment matters.

Shavaun is also a frequent contributor to the firm's LaborSphere blog, which provides coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of employee benefits and labor issues. 

In addition to her labor and employment experience, Shavaun represents and advises clients in the financial services industry in a variety of commercial disputes, including business torts, civil  conspiracy, unfair competition, allegations of fraud and other financial services matters in both federal and state court. In the course of her practice, Shavaun handles many aspects of civil litigation,  ranging from prelitigation counseling to discovery and dispositive motion practice, trial advocacy and post-trial proceedings.

Shavaun was raised in Iowa but now lives in Wilmette, Illinois, with her four children.


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • John Marshall Law School, J.D.
  • Grinnell College, B.A.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court


  • American Health Lawyers Association