About the Founder

LegalBee was founded by Attorney Shelley L. Whitehead. Shelley began her legal career at a mid-sized firm in the New Orleans area representing corporate clients in premises liability, employment law and insurance defense matters.  

She realized that there was a need in the legal industry for quality, cost-effective legal services that can be performed on an as-needed basis by an experienced attorney and started her first freelance practice in 2012. After moving back to Chicago, the concept for LegalBee was formed and subsequently expanded to include a network or "hive" of freelance attorneys.

Shelley received her Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and her Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management from Iowa State University.


About LegalBee

LegalBee is a network or “hive” of experienced freelance attorneys that provides contract-based legal services to solo practitioners and law firms as a flexible and affordable alternative to hiring a permanent and salaried employee. Whether it’s assistance with legal research, depositions, motions or transactional work, a LegalBee attorney can handle all of a firm’s legal needs.