Kathleen M. Klein


Primary Location: Chicago, IL

Secondary Location: Michigan City, IN

Phone: 312.606.7724


Kathleen M. Klein is a partner in the Chicago office, specializing in litigation. She defends medical and healthcare malpractice, premises liability, professional liability, broker/dealer/investment advisor malpractice, and personal injury matters.

Kathleen’s clients can be found across a variety of industries, with a focus on healthcare, hospitality, financial, laboratory, and insurance. She works in both state and federal court, in arbitration and mediation forums, at state and local administrative hearings, and before FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and the EEOC.

For healthcare clients, Kathleen has defended doctors and hospitals in many specialties, including orthopedic surgery, general surgery, family practice, immunology, and chiropractic care. Kathleen represents nursing home and long term care facilities in statutory and negligence actions arising out of nursing and other facility care. She also defends clinical laboratory cases, and has substantial experience in Pap smear litigation. Her med mal trial experience allows her to effectively counsel healthcare professionals about the process, the merits of their individual case, and their options for resolution.  Kathleen can also guide healthcare professionals through regulatory reporting and responses to investigations by state licensing boards following adverse outcomes.

Kathleen has also served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois Department of Public Health, where she presided over involuntary termination and discharge hearings.

For hospitality clients, including restaurants, Kathleen handles litigation arising out of guest slip and falls, allegations of foodborne illness, and any other lawsuits that arise.  Her jury trial wins include a premises liability case for a restaurant client, in which she proved to the jury the restaurant’s high level of care for its space and its customers, and obtained a full defense verdict that was affirmed on appeal.  She can also consult with clients to improve their processes, secure privilege over reports prepared for litigation, and advise on ways clients can reduce the risk of litigation, or increase the chances of success when it does arise.

For financial industry clients, Kathleen defends FINRA arbitrations, and federal and state lawsuits, typically by customers unhappy with their investments.  The investment products and securities that are the target of these suits change over time and with global financial conditions, but often involve annuities, REITs, and other alternative investments, as well as discretionary accounts and other financial advice. Responses to regulatory investigations by FINRA are laden with traps for the unwary, in the form of statutory disqualifications that follow from minor sanctions, so her advice is often necessary when a registered representative considers settlement of a disciplinary action through FINRA.

Kathleen’s jury trial wins communicate to adversaries that she is ready and willing to defend cases to trial, while giving her leverage to resolve cases when resolution is in the client’s best interest.  Kathleen’s litigation experience allows her to effectively and accurately advise clients as to risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of pending matters.  She arms clients with information and analysis, and helps them make decisions and achieve resolutions that serve their best interests.

Kathleen graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she won a Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy.  She also served on the editorial board for the Loyola Law Journal; interned for the Honorable Judge Ronald A. Guzman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; and represented criminal defendants in felony court with the Cook County Public Defender.

Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and is (obviously) a devoted ND football fan.  Go Irish!


  • J.D. Loyola University Chicago School of Law, cum laude, 2011
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Indiana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago

    Illinois 60603

    10 South LaSalle Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60603

    T: 312.855.1010 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Dennis D. Fitzpatrick

  • New York

    New York 10005

    28 Liberty Street 39th Floor

    New York, New York 10005

    T: 212.805.3900 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 212.805.3939 Office Managing Partner: Tyler Jay Lory

  • Irvine

    California 92614

    17901 Von Karman Avenue

    Suite 650

    Irvine, California 92614

    T: 949.260.3100 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 949.260.3190 Office Managing Partner: Ian R. Feldman

  • Florham Park

    New Jersey 07932

    100 Campus Drive

    Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

    T: 973.410.4130 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 973.410.4169 Office Managing Partner: Carl M. Perri

  • Michigan City

    Indiana 46360

    200 Commerce Square

    Michigan City, Indiana 46360

    T: 219.262.6106 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partners: Paige M. Neel, Kimbley A. Kearney

  • Appleton

    Wisconsin 54914

    4650 W. Spencer Street

    Appleton, Wisconsin 54914

    T: 920.560.4658 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 920.968.4650 Office Managing Partner: Patrick L. Breen

  • Stamford

    Connecticut 06902

    68 Southfield Avenue

    2 Stamford Landing Suite 100

    Stamford, Connecticut 06902

    T: 203.921.0303 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 212.805.3939 Office Managing Partner: Matthew J. Van Dusen

  • Tampa

    Florida 33609

    4830 West Kennedy Boulevard, One Urban Center

    Suite 600

    Tampa, Florida 33609

    T: 813.509.2578 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Anne E. Kevlin

  • Orlando

    Florida 32801

    618 E. South Street

    Suite 500

    Orlando, Florida 32801

    T: 813.509.2578 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Anne E. Kevlin

  • San Francisco

    California 94111

    100 Pine Street

    Suite 1250

    San Francisco, California 94111

    T: 415.745.3598 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 949.260.3190 Office Managing Partner: Ian R. Feldman