Katelan, a member of the Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education team, represents public and private higher education institutions in labor and employment law matters. She defends colleges, universities, graduate schools and academic medical centers with a particular emphasis on issues arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Katelan advises education clients on compliance and risk assessment, including proactively drafting policies and procedures, assisting with internal investigations and leading training seminars. Her experience extends to traditional labor matters for higher education institutions, including union organizing efforts on campus.
As a litigator, Katelan’s strong advocacy and reasoned approach have proved successful in resolving contentious discovery disputes favorably and with minimal motion practice. Drawing on her client rapport, fluency in the legal issues and attention to detail, she has successfully defended employers and their employees in depositions. She has also secured numerous favorable dispositive rulings on motions to dismiss and summary judgments for clients in single- and multi-plaintiff cases involving federal and state employment laws.
While in law school, Katelan served as the inaugural student intern at Northwestern University’s Office of General Counsel, where she gained experience in the broad spectrum of legal issues facing colleges and universities. She also was an extern to the Hon. Ronald Bartkowiz of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Katelan is a guest lecturer at her alma mater. She also contributes to the Age Discrimination in Employment Law treatise supplement and The Developing Labor Law cumulative supplement as an editor.