Joelle Shabat

Joelle M. ShabatAssociate

  • Chicago: (312) 704-2181
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Joelle’s law practice focuses on commercial litigation, creditors’ rights and employment litigation. As an advocate and counselor, Joelle is committed to finding creative, practical solutions for her clients. 

Joelle collaborates with clients throughout the life of a case: pre-suit, initial pleadings, written and oral discovery, substantive motion practice, trials, post-trial motions, and appeals. Joelle advises individuals and corporate clients on a diverse array of business matters including commercial and business disputes and employment issues. Joelle strategizes with clients to create an action plan best suited to their objectives, time and resources.

Joelle received her juris doctor from DePaul University College of Law, where she won multiple competitions and received merit-based scholarships. She received a master’s degree from Hebrew University in political science and sociology. Joelle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago with general and departmental honors in Jewish Studies and Law, Letters and Society.

Joelle currently serves as Vice President of the Center for Disability and Elder Law’s Young Professionals board. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Federal Civil Practice Committee. Joelle has been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer (2018, 2019), a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers (2019) and a Leading Lawyer in commercial litigation (2019). 

Joelle is fluent in Hebrew and learning Russian. She lives on the north side of Chicago with her husband and two mischievous Siberian huskies. She is an avid cook who prides herself on making (almost) everything from scratch.


Chicago Bar Association (Federal Civil Practice Committee) 
Illinois State Bar Association



Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2019) 

Selected by peers as an Emerging Lawyer (2018, 2019) 

Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers, as a Rising Star (2019, 2020) 

First Place, Journal of Women, Gender and the Law writing competition
Decalogue Society of Lawyers Scholarship
Kott Gerontology Scholars Fellowship
Schiller, DuCanto and Fleck Fellowship
Pi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society
Jeff Metcalf Fellowship


  • 09/26/2019

    SFGH Associate Shows Commitment to Service through Pro Bono Work

    Joelle Shabat, Vice President of the Center for Disability and Elder Law's Young Professionals Board (CDEL YPB), continues to show commitment to pro bono work and service to the Chicagoland community. The YPB hosted its annual trivia night earlier this week at Revolution Brewing. All proceeds fund programs that provide legal services to low-income residents of Cook County who are elderly or have permanent disabilities.

  • 09/25/2019

    Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP Continues to Expand Practice Groups with Joelle M. Shabat

    Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP is pleased to announce that Joelle M. Shabat has joined the Chicago office as an associate in its robust Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and Bankruptcy, Reorganization & Creditors' Rights Group.


Civic & Professional

Alumni Schools Committee Interviewer, The University of Chicago
Vice President, Center for Disability and Elder Law Young Professionals Board

Joelle M. Shabat's recent or notable engagements and experience includes:

Represented a small business owner at the appellate level regarding improper exercise of an option to purchase commercial property

Represented a majority shareholder and related subsidiaries in a $150M federal enforcement action

Managed multi-state litigation for national clients by formulating litigation strategy, retaining local counsel, evaluating settlement value, and preparing for mediation or trial

Represented restaurant franchise in dispute regarding ownership of a copyright for corporate logo