Shatilla Shera B. Cairns

Ms. Cairns joined Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick in September 2013 and is an Associate Attorney.  Ms. Cairns’s practice focuses on representing veterans 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.

Ms. Cairns earned her B.A., cum laude, from Brandeis University in 2008.  Upon graduation, she 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.She then completed coursework at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List.  She was awarded the Book Award for Highest Grade in Research & Writing and the Outstanding Oral Argument Award.

Ms. Cairns earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2012.  During law school, she interned at an immigration law office in Florida.  She also interned at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Boston, centering on employment discrimination litigation, and at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, emphasizing in special education law.  Throughout her time at Northeastern, Ms. Cairns worked as a Research Associate for the Program on Human Rights on the Global Economy.

In her third year of law school, Ms. Cairns worked as a certified legal advocate with Northeastern’s Poverty Law Clinic, where she represented individuals in their claims for unemployment insurance benefits.  She also completed a judicial internship under The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Before joining Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, Ms. Cairns gained experience in family law at a Boston area law firm.  Ms. Cairns is a member of the Federal Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Complex Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation

Bar Admissions

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