Shanthi V. Gaur advises and represents retail organizations, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare corporations in a broad range of issues relating to employment discrimination. She practices before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and handles the litigation, on both a class-wide and individual basis, of claims arising under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act

She also counsels employers on other facets of employment litigation, such as:

  • Defamation
  • Tortious interference
  • Application and review of personnel policies and procedures
  • Employment hiring
  • Terminations

Shanthi was formerly the co-chair of the firm's EEO / Discrimination Practice Group and served on the Associate's Committee, the Talent Development Advisory Council, and the Legal Content Advisory Committee. For the Chicago office, she was a liaison to the Women's Leadership Initiative, a member of the Recruiting Committee, and served as the hiring shareholder. Shanthi previously was on the committee that evaluates shareholder advancement.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

New Decade, New Illinois

April 23, 2020

The EEOC's New Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) Critical Challenges Faced by Employers

January 24, 2013

The EEOC’s Updated Criminal History Guidance, Strategic Plan and More — What Does This Mean for Your Company?

May 31, 2012

Pressing Issues Facing Retailers—In the U.S. and Abroad

February 13, 2012

Shanthi Gaur, Stephanie Seay Kelly and Fred Schwartz to Speak at ACC's Chicago Chapter Lunch Program

August 15, 2011


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1994With Honors
  • B.A., University of Chicago, 1991With Honors

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana