Michelle A. Todd

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Contact/Location
Office: Arlington Heights
[email protected]
309-671-9000 (office)
847-670-7334‬ (fax)

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EDUCATION
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2002

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2006

  • Moot Court Honors Society, Vice-President

  • Bar and Gavel Society

Partner Michelle Todd, a member of the firm’s Management Committee, concentrates her school law practice in the areas of special education and student matters. Michelle has extensive experience working with clients on IDEA and Section 504 disputes, including special education mediations and due process hearings, the development and implementation of IEPs and Section 504 plans, and accommodating students in all educational settings. She also advises clients on student discipline, Title IX, First Amendment considerations, and policy development. In addition, Michelle frequently conducts trainings on a wide variety of student and special education issues to audiences across the state. She is a frequent contributor to SpecialEd Connections, a national, special education publication.

Clients turn to Michelle for her leadership and thoughtful, practical approach to counseling on sensitive matters involving students. She strongly advocates for clients while always placing the students’ needs as the first priority in resolving a dispute.

In her spare time Michelle enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, two young children, her dog Penny, and cat Rusty.



  • American Bar Association, Member, 2013 – Present

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2014 – Present

  • Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, Member, 2018 – Present

  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2006 – Present

  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2006 – Present



  • Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2016 – Present



  • New Board Member Training, Illinois Alliance of School Boards, 2015 – Present

  • Legal Panel Participant, Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education Annual Fall Conferences, 2017 – Present

  • Expulsion Hearings, Triple III Conference, 2021

  • Writing Legally Defensible 504 Plan, In-service, 2021

  • Schools in the Time of COVID-19: Adjusting to the New Normal, Webinar, Illinois Association of School Administrators, 2020

  • Writing Legally Defensible IEPs, In-service, 2020

  • Section 504: Law and Practice, In-service, 2020

  • Isolation and Restraint in Illinois: Emergency Rules & Next Steps, Illinois Association of School Administrators, 2020

  • Legal Issues in Special Education: Putting Theory into Practice, ISBE Administrator Academy, 2019

  • Transgender Student Issues, Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, Presentation, 2016