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Kathleen Olwell Sedey

Kathleen Olwell Sedey

also known as Kate Sedey

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Discrimination, Contracts & Agreements

About Me

Kate Sedey is a Partner at The Case Law Firm where she represents and advises employees regarding their legal rights and protections in the workplace.  Ms. Sedey has a diverse body of experience working in the plaintiff’s side employment law field – from trying cases, arguing motions and negotiating settlements, to researching and drafting legal memorandums and briefs, interviewing and deposing witnesses, and answering and organizing discovery.


Ms. Sedey graduatedcum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in 2004 and she graduated with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2009 where she received her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Labor & Employment Law.


Ms. Sedey’s interest in employment law developed early.  During her under-graduate years, she assisted in a nation-wide class action lawsuit representing women who had been discriminated against on the job.   


Ms. Sedey actively pursued her interest in employment issues while studying at Chicago-Kent.  She participated in the Labor & Employment Certificate program, and was a two-time recipient of a scholarship from Chicago-Kent’s Institute for Law & the Workplace.  In addition, Ms. Sedey was a member of the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society, for which she coached a team to participate in the national Wagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition in 2009.  In her role on the Chicago-Kent Law Review, Ms. Sedey was approved for publication of her article, “Applying the Discovery Rule to Title VII Pay Discrimination Claims: One Post-Ledbetter Strategy.”  Ms. Sedey received an award for excellence in legal writing in 2007, and served as a legal writing Teaching Assistant in 2008 and 2009.


Ms. Sedey has been named a Rising Star in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Illinois Super Lawyers for her work as an employment litigation attorney.  


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. Discrimination: 40%
    3 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 40%
    3 years
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    3 years



Hourly ($200-350/hour), Contingent (20-33%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Ethan G. Zelizer

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Ethan Zelizer Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kristin Meridith Case

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Kristin Case Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

The Case Law Firm

250 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 230
Chicago, IL, 60606


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200905/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising Star - Employment LitigationSuper Lawyers Illinois2015
Rising Star - Employment LitigationSuper Lawyers Illinois2014
Rising Star - Employment LitigationSuper Lawyers Illinois2013
Rising Star amongst Employment Litigation Attorneys in IllinoisSuper Lawyers2012
CALI Award for Excellence in Legal WritingChicago-Kent College of Law2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Law ClerkThe Case Law Firm LLC2007 - 2009
ParalegalPenny Nathan Kahan & Associates2005 - 2006
Legal AssistantSedey & Harper P.C.1999 - 2002

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)Member2007 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of LawLabor & Employment LawJ.D.2009
New York UniversityUrban Education Reform & PolicyB.A.2004

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Chicago Bar Association - Labor & Employment Law CommitteeRe-Visiting Twombly/Iqbal's Application to Employment Law2015