Sharon D. Kelley

Sharon D. Kelley is a Partner with Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP. Sha joined BRE Law in late 2017, bringing with her a wealth of professional experience in the legal and healthcare industries.

Sha was a registered nurse for 18 years prior to becoming an attorney. Her nursing career took her from working with patients in hospitals, to the University of Illinois Department of Crippled Children, to the Special Education Division of the Illinois State Board of Education, and to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Sha continued pursuing higher education while working as a registered nurse, even earning a PhD in Health Education/Administration.

With a desire to serve the healthcare industry in a different capacity, Sha decided to attend law school at Southern Illinois University. Sha’s first job as an attorney was as a Prosecutor in Indianapolis, Indiana. In Indianapolis, Sha utilized her healthcare experience to implement a program designed to prosecute elder abuse.

After a few years in Indianapolis, Sha was recruited to become the Director of Regulatory Affairs and a Lobbyist for the Indiana Health Care Association. She served on several committees during her time at IHCA, and was instrumental in securing legislative victories for the healthcare industry.

Sha eventually concluded her work at IHCA to enter private practice in Indianapolis. She practiced long-term care and healthcare law at two highly respected firms before starting her own law practice, which quickly become the largest all-female firm in Indianapolis. There, she practiced healthcare law on a national level.

In 2000, Sha made the full-time move from Indiana to Illinois. From her office in Springfield, she continued to practice long-term care and healthcare law.

Now that Sha has joined BRE Law, she will split her time between Springfield and Decatur. The BRE Law team is very excited to add such an exceptional lawyer and wonderful person to our firm.


  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Juris Doctorate, 1986.
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Health Education PhD, 1983.
  • University of Illinois at Springfield, Masters of Science, 1979.
  • St. Francis College at Joliet, Bachelors, 1978.
  • St. John’s College, Department of Nursing, 1969.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Illinois
  • Indiana

Professional Affiliations 

  • American Health Lawyers
  • American Healthcare Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association