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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.  While at the firm, she also interviewed students at local area law schools for summer associate positions, sparking her love of legal recruiting.

She realized there was a need in the legal industry for law firms to have 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 her hometown Chicago, the concept for LegalBee was formed and subsequently expanded to include a network or "hive" of freelance attorneys. To accommodate the demand for law firms wanting more permanent support and for attorneys needing hands-on assistance with their job search, LegalBee expanded into a legal search and placement firm that also does career coaching and outplacement services.

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. She frequently speaks and writes on career, management and diversity-related topics, as well as topics on entrepreneurship.