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Overview

Client satisfaction drives Katelan when representing higher education institutions in litigation and counseling matters.

Katelan defends colleges and universities nationwide in employment disputes and student conduct matters, allowing them to continue their mission of educating students.

As a litigator, Katelan advocates on behalf of educational institutions in state and federal court proceedings, investigations before federal and state agencies, and mediations and settlement conferences. She has resolved contentious discovery disputes with minimal motion practice, successfully taken and defended depositions, secured favorable dispositive rulings on motions to dismiss and summary judgments for clients in single- and multi-plaintiff cases, and tried an employment case to a jury.

Katelan also advises education clients on compliance and risk management issues, including day-to-day counseling, drafting and revising policies and procedures, and leading training seminars. Additionally, Katelan serves as an independent investigator on sensitive matters, including off-site and on-site investigations involving witness interviews, factual findings and issuance of formal reports.

While in law school, Katelan served as the inaugural student intern at Northwestern University’s Office of General Counsel, where she was first introduced to the practice of higher education law. She also served as an extern to the Hon. Ronald Bartkowiz of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.


Industry

Service

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    • magna cum laude
      • Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Editor
      • Children’s Legal Rights Journal, Editor
  • B.A., Northwestern University
    • History and Legal Studies
    • summa cum laude
      • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Founding Member
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
Experience
  • Successfully defended client Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School against legally blind claimant whose application to the school was denied on the basis that he would be unable to complete hands-on program because of visual impairment.
Outside the Office

Katelan spends time with family, explores destinations across the globe and enjoys hot yoga.

Katelan spends time with friends and family, and loves to travel. She enjoys exploring new cities and sharing experiences abroad with loved ones. Katelan lived in Florence, Italy, to study art history as an undergraduate, and has since visited Spain, England, Austria, Turkey, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Canada and Mexico.

A former ballet dancer, Katelan is now an avid yoga student. She also enjoys running, particularly on a sunny day!

Community Leadership

Katelan’s dedication makes a loud and clear impact.

Katelan serves on an associate board for the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR), a nonprofit, grassroots organization raising awareness and funds to help children with hearing impairment develop to their full potential. She plans and attends events and fundraisers, maintains the foundation’s blog and assists with social media presence.

Katelan’s interest in the cause started when her cousin, born deaf, was limited to sign language communication before receiving cochlear implants. Her cousin’s eventual ability to hear and speak was so impactful that she joined FHSR to help other children and families.