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  1. Civil Rights: 50%
    25 years, 100 cases
  2. Appeals: 30%
    32 years, 200 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    30 years, 200 cases



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Zellner Kathleen & Associates

1901 Butterfield Rd.
Suite 650
Downers Grove, IL, 60515


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nations One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2015
Top 500 Attorneys in United StatesLawdragon2015
Top 100 LawyersLeading Lawyers Network2015
Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice, and AppealsLeading Lawyers Network2015
Top Female Criminal Defense Attorney in IllinoisLeading Lawyers Network2015
Register of Preeminent Lawyers - AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
100 Most Powerful ChicagoansChicago Magazine2015
Chicago Lawyer Person of Year 2014Chicago Law Bulletin2014
Ron Perelman Outstanding Service AeardLitigation Counsel of America2013
Pursuit of Justice AwardAmerican Bar Association2012
Illinois Trial Excellence AwardChicago Daily Law Bulletin2011
Top 500 Plaintiff's Attorneys in U.S.LawDragon2009
Top 50 Female Lawyers in the United StatesSuper Lawyers2006
Champion of JusticeIllinois State Crime Commission2005
Pro Bono Attorney of YearDuPage County Bar Association2002
Year in WomenChicago Tribune2002
America's Top 50 Women LitigatorsNational Law Journal2001
Ten Most Influential Attorneys in IllinoisAmerican Lawyer Media2001
Top Influential Women in the United StatesChicago Tribune2001
Top 10 Litigators in the U.S.National Law Journal2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and PresidentKathleen T. Zellner and Associates1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leading Lawyers IllinoisBoard Member2005 - Present
American College Trial Lawyersfellow2003 - Present
Multi-million Dollar Advocate Clubmember2000 - Present
Dupage Bar AssociationChairman Appellate Lawyers1990 - 1992
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fox v. Hayes, 600 F.3d 819$15.5 million verdict
Spencer v. Peters 11-cv 05424$9 million verdict
Hobbs v. Waukegan 10C-7649$7,750,000 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
AJEI SummitContributor to: Actually Innocent: Exonerations on Appeal2014
Dupage County Bar AssociationAppellate Law: Procedural Traps for the UnwaryN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Illinois University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Concord UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Appellate Judges Educational InstituteWrongful Convictions2014
Midwest Innocence ProjectRyan Ferguson Case2013
CLEWrongful Convictions2009
CLEWrongful Convictions2009