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Stephanie I. Williams (née Shay)
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"Shay and Associates is a firm and a name that people trust."

- Stephanie Williams (née Shay)

Stephanie Williams is an associate attorney at Shay & Associates, a law firm that has proudly served injured persons and their families throughout the state of Illinois for more than 30 years. Licensed to practice law since 2013, Stephanie has focused her legal practice in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, and workers' compensation. Stephanie has seen firsthand the importance of building a relationship grounded in trust and respect with her clients. From a young age, Stephanie watched her father, Timothy Shay, establish her family's law firm as one of the most reputable and referred injury law firms in central Illinois. This legacy is one she hopes to continue throughout her own legal career. The time after an accident or injury is often overwhelming for the injured person and their family, and they can be left with more questions than answers. Stephanie believes that transparency with her clients is key to ensuring that they get the answers they need, and that they fully understand both their rights and the legal process. Stephanie knows the value of talking through each step of a client's case, and providing her expert opinion about options, risks, and likely outcomes so that she and her client can make the best decisions together. Stephanie views advocacy as her most vital role, fighting for her clients' rights in and out of the courtroom. Stephanie has extensive discovery and motion practice experience, and has litigated civil bench and jury trials before the Illinois circuit and appellate courts, as well as arbitrated cases before the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. Stephanie lives in Springfield with her husband, two sons, and two rescued border collies. When not practicing law, she can often be found watching her "hockey family" skate at ice rinks all over central Illinois. Stephanie proudly cheers on her son, who skates for the Springfield Kings, and her husband, the team's head coach.


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 2013
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign
    • Bachelor of Arts - 2010
    • Major: History

Bar Admission

  • Illinois, 2013

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Decatur Bar Association

Current Employment Position

  • Associate Attorney