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Shayla Maatuka

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Managing Partner
Champaign, Illinois

Shayla Louise Maatuka transitioned her private practice in Urbana into the partnership of Dodd & Maatuka. She combines her expertise as an entrepreneur - successfully establishing four businesses - with the practice of law, concentrating in civil and commercial litigation, personal injury, worker's compensation, as well as business and family law. Her passion for the community helps others achieve their goals through entrepreneurship. She formerly sat on the boards of the East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, the Executive Club of Champaign County and the Champaign County Urban League. Shayla earned her law degree from the University of Illinois and has been practicing since 2004.

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Civil Litigation
  • 30% Personal Injury Litigation
  • 20% Contested Divorces/Custody
  • 10% Real Estate Litigation
  • 10% General Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2004


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2004
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1995
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Speech Communications
    • Minor: Business


  • Real Estate Seminars
  • Will and Estate Planning Seminars

Honors and Awards

  • Leadership Illinois Class of 2013
  • Central Illinois Business Magazines Annual 40 under 40 Award Recipient, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, Former Board Member, 2005 - Present
  • Executive Club of Champaign County, Former Board Member, 2009 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, ISBA
  • Champaign County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Maatuka Law Office, Sole Proprietor, 2004 - 2009
  • Home Team Realty, Owner, 2002 - 2008
  • Village Day Care, Director, 1999 - 2004
  • Black Thought Enterprises, Inc., 1997 - 2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • Handled several Pro Bono cases involving Guardianship, Abuse and Neglect, and Family Law, 2004 - Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Former Real-Estate Management Company


  • Spanish


  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

With Almost 40 years experience of achieving the full legal goals of countless clients, our firm enjoys a reputation as the law firm to turn to in East-Central Illinois for results-driven and caring, responsive legal assistance.