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Kathleen Olwell Sedey

Employment and labor Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   43 reviews

also known as Kate Sedey

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kathleen

Learn Kathleen’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Discrimination
    40%
    Representing employees who have been discriminated against based on race, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, family resopnsibility, and other protected categories.

    12 years

  2. Employment and labor
    40%
    Representing employees in all aspects of the employment relationship.

    12 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    Reviewing, negotiating, and advising regarding employment contracts, non-compete clauses and other employment-related restrictive covenants.

    12 years

Kate Sedey, Partner at Case + Sedey, LLC, draws from a diverse body of experience to effectively represent and advise employees regarding their legal rights and protections in the workplace. From trying cases, arguing motions, to mediating cases and negotiating settlements, her expertise on the plaintiff’s side of employment law is vast. 

Ms. Sedey has earned the respect of clients and opposing counsel alike, and has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as a Rising Star (from 2012-2018) and a Super Lawyer (starting in 2019) in her field and by Leading Lawyers as an Emerging Lawyer ("on a fast track to the top") since 2017. 

Ms. Sedey is admitted to practice law in Illinois. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in 2004. She received her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Labor & Employment Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2009, where she graduated with honors.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2019,2018,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2023 2019 2018 + 2 ...

Location

Case + Sedey, LLC
250 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 230
Chicago, IL, 60606

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I hired Kate to represent me in an employment action. Kate was tough and the consummate professional. During the course of the matter, she responded to my inquiries in a timely manner, was candid and forthright with her advice, and achieved a desirable outcome. As an attorney, I am highly aware of what good representation looks like. I could not achieved the results obtained without Kate’s assistance. I recommend her very highly.
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Posted by Emily | September 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, Detail oriented and a fighter
I worked with Kate Sedey and she was fantastic. I would hire her again any day. She was very smart, detail oriented, she never missed the smallest fact regarding my case. She used her time judiciously so my bills were reasonable. I thought she would need to spend more time on my case given the complexity but she was fast to respond to any of my questions. I also felt that Ms. Sedey always had my back and was fighting for me.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2023
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Intelligent and superb representation with KS
Kate represented me recently regarding an employment issue, specifically a harassment and retaliation situation. She was professional, attentive, very well informed about the laws and ways to proceed, and always made me feel comfortable and well supported. Honestly, I could not recommend her more highly-- she knows her stuff, she is calm and confident, well respected, and gets results.
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Posted by Jennifer | August 23, 2023
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Professor/Consultant
Kate was an exceptional partner in working through my case. She was thorough, direct, and informative throughout the process. It was a relief to not have to take this on myself, and her ability to secure more than what I asked for will keep me forever grateful. She was quick to respond, negotiated well on my behalf, and walked me through possible scenarios before we decided on next steps. I would highly recommend Case and Sedey any day.
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Posted by Marie | August 22, 2023
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Exceptional Employment Attorney - A Lifeline Through a Challenging Work Situation
I had the privilege of working with Kate at Case & Sedey during an extremely challenging and overwhelming work situation, and I cannot recommend their services highly enough. From the moment I reached out to Kate for a consultation, her expertise and unwavering support guided me through a complex legal landscape with clarity and assurance. Kate demonstrated an exceptional level of knowledge in employment and discrimination law. Her ability to quickly grasp the nuances of my case was impressive, and she provided insightful guidance that proved invaluable at every step. I never felt overwhelmed by legal jargon or complexities because Kate took the time to explain everything in a way that was easy to understand and digestible. What truly stood out was Kate's timeliness. Communication was swift and efficient, and she consistently kept me updated. In a situation where anxiety and uncertainty were at an all-time high, her reliability brought a sense of comfort. I always felt like a priority, and my questions were met with patience and respect, regardless of how trivial they may have seemed. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of working with Kate was her unwavering support. Navigating this situation was emotionally draining, but her empathetic and compassionate approach made all the difference. She not only addressed the legal aspects but also took the time to understand the personal toll it was taking on me. This human touch is rare and was a true source of strength throughout the process. I am incredibly grateful to have had Kate by my side during this difficult journey. Her expertise, timeliness, and unyielding support turned what could have been a nightmare into a manageable process. If you are in need of an employment attorney who goes above and beyond in every sense, I wholeheartedly recommend Kate at Case & Sedey. Thank you for being an exceptional advocate and helping me regain my peace of mind.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2023
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Excellent representation!
Kate did an outstanding and very efficient job of understanding all the details of my case, allowing her to provide a comprehensive recommendation for how to best move forward. She has great attention to detail and answered all of the questions I had regarding the case very thoroughly. Her professionalism is exceptional and contributed to the overall ease of navigating these complex legal matters. Highly, highly recommended!
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Posted by Antoinette | August 28, 2022
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Speechless
I hired Kate Sedey to assist me with discrimination that I was facing gym my employer. I was unsure if I actually had a case, or if I was just being sensitive. Kate took the time to meet with me, help me understand what next steps would look like, looked at my documents and never once made me feel like I was wrong, stupid, or an inconvenience no matter how many questions I asked. She was so thorough with any answers she provided and always asked what I wanted to do. She took so much time and care with my case and we were successful with the outcome. The entire process was stressful, but with Kate on my team, it made a lot smoother. If I ever needed a lawyer again, she would be the first one I would contact.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2022
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Educator
I hired Kate Sedey, as my employer was becoming unsupportive of doctor-recommended accommodations and had violated my ADA rights. She was a strong supporter, not only from the beginning to the end. One example is when an incident occurred on the other party's end almost 6 months. Kate was readily available, communicated with their lawyer, and handled it within a day or two. Kate and Becca are great and work in tandem; almost like a therapist team when you really need it!
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2021
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15/10 would recommend!!!
15/10 would recommend!!! Kate was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was transparent and straightforward in answering any of my 8 million questions. She was professional and responsive and made me feel as if my case was a top priority. I had a disability discrimination and workplace retaliation case, and she made the whole thing painless for me. She ended up getting me more than 3 times the amount my employer was previously going to offer as severance. If I ever need another lawyer (which hopefully I won’t…. I will definitely be reaching out to her for representation or a referral.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2021
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Severance agreement
Kate reviewed a severance agreement and helped me negotiate more favorable terms. Very knowledgeable, responsive, and professional.
Posted by Robert | February 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Kind, thorough and competent
Kate was a wonderful attorney to work with. She was able to talk me through some difficult, emotional conversations in a very challenging time in my life. Her compassion was genuine. But she also was good about reigning that in and sticking to facts, she certainly has a firm grasp of employment law. I never felt steered in any direction, every decision in the process was my own. I strongly recommend Kate if you are in need of an employment attorney, it means a lot to have someone in your corner standing up for you.
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Posted by Donnell | December 1, 2020
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Excellent, transparent and responsive representation
Kate was fantastic! Always transparent and really worked to understand my situation. I always felt like she explained everything to my satisfaction and was really fair and objective in her assessments of my options and progress along the way. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Keith | October 5, 2020
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Professional and courteous attorney
Ms. Sedey guided me through a job termination which was (in my opinion) unjustified by my former employer. Ms. Sedey was very professional throughout the process for my settlement and explored several potential avenues of recourse. The settlement was very stressful for my wife and me, but Ms. Sedey made the process as easy as possible.
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Posted by David | November 13, 2019
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Awesome Lawyer
We had an excellent experience working with Kate and her team. Kate is very professional and easy to talk to. We felt like we were in very good hands from beginning to end. They were also very quick to respond to all of our needs and I believe she was able to achieve the best possible outcome for our situation. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Nate | October 31, 2019
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Great and Trusted Lawyer
She helped me though complex negotiations with my former employer and got me everything I wanted.
Posted by Mark | June 10, 2019
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Mark
I would highly recommend Kate Sedey to anyone who is looking for legal counseling or legal representation in employment related matters, particularly as that can be one of the more stressful times in life. Kate initially provided counseling to me on an employment matter, then represented me as my situation progressed. I found Kate to be very well-versed in employment law, highly responsive, and able to explain the options available to me in an easy to understand manner. Kate subsequently resolved my particular situation to my complete satisfaction, and I’m glad that I had her in my corner!
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Posted by Jay | June 10, 2019
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Dedicated and Highly Professional Attorney
Kate was absolutely fantastic while representing me in a dispute with an employer. She fought through months of information requests and negotiations to reach a successful resolution. I wholeheartedly recommend engaging Kate and I have nothing but respect and esteem for her work.
Posted by James | June 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Exceed all expectations
I could not have asked for a better attorney. With Kate not only did I feel like I had a strong advocate, I felt like I had someone who care about me as a person. Kate was responsive, practical, and worked to get my case settled with the best resolution for me.
Posted by Christine | May 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I contacted an attorney and asked for a recommendation for an attorney involving an FMLA claim. Kate came highly recommended by several attorneys. She was able to walk me through the entire process, what I might expect and counseled me along the way. After speaking with Kate on several occasions, I was impressed with the information she was able to gather and the efficiency in moving the claim along. This was a very difficult and emotional situation for me and Kate kept me informed throughout the entire process. She did a great job and I was pleased with the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2019
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Superb representation-this firm is the place to go for help with employment issues
Kate Sedey of the Case Law Firm ably represented me for two plus years in an employment retaliation matter, and recently was able to bring the matter to closure. The employer was a very large and well connected institution with unlimited financial resources, that does not take kindly to lowly employees rocking their boat. Internal policies, state employment laws-they don't seem to care, but they do not hesitate to dish out shabby treatment to employees who ask too many questions, just because they can. Ms. Sedey is the consummate professional. Knowledgeable, a skilled interviewer, a good listener, ethical, on time, caring, and willing to expertly spar with an adversary that can outspend her ten to one, she is a lawyer's lawyer. She leaves no stone unturned. She is particularly adept in helping a client see things through expert eyes, but a different set of eyes, a skill that even the most trained observers need help with from time to time. Thousands of pages of discovery documents don't phase her. Her court room and deposition demeanor are exemplary. I have worked with, and for, numerous attorneys, and numerous law firms during my adult life, and have had dealings with, and hired/fired law firms as part of my professional responsibilities. Kate Sedey is one of the finest lawyers I have ever had professional dealings with, and I would recommend her, and the Case Law Firm, without reservation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-475 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Law Clerk
  • The Case Law Firm LLC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Paralegal
  • Penny Nathan Kahan & Associates
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Legal Assistant
  • Sedey & Harper P.C.
  • 1999 - 2002

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2009
  • New York University
  • B.A.
  • 2004

Associations

  • American Bar Association - Emlployee Rights & Responsibilities Committee
  • Co-Chair of ERR Gives Back
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2020
  • Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2019
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2018
  • Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2018
  • Rising Star- Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2017
  • Emerging Attorney
  • Law Bulletin Leading Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2016
  • Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2015
  • Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2014
  • Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2013
  • Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Illinois
  • 2012
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2007
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Publications

  • American Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Sex-Based Harassment: Workplace Policies for the Legal Profession (3rd Edition) - Contributor
  • 2016
  • BNA Publications
  • Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace: A Practical Guide - Reviewer
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • Preparing for Your First Deposition
  • 2017
  • Chicago Bar Association - Labor & Employment Law Committee
  • Re-Visiting Twombly/Iqbal's Application to Employment Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Endorse Kathleen
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor
Employment and labor