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Shatilla Shera Cairns

​​Shatilla Shera (also known as Tillie) is an associate attorney at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick. Tillie’s practice focuses on representing veteran clients in their pursuit of VA disability benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Tillie earned her B.A., cum laude, from Brandeis University in 2008. She completed coursework at Florida Coastal School of Law and earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2012.

Prior to law school, Tillie served in AmeriCorps for the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. There, she advocated for families and individuals in accessing assistance programs through community outreach and policy analysis and improvement. During law school, she interned at an immigration law office in Florida; at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Boston, centering on employment discrimination litigation; and at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong LLP, emphasizing special education law. Tillie also served at Northeastern’s Poverty Law Clinic, where she represented individuals in their claims for unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, she completed a judicial internship under the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Before joining Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, Tillie gained experience in family law at Grindle Robinson, LLP.

Areas of Practice

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Complex Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2013