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Katelan represents private and public sector higher education institutions in a variety of litigation and counseling matters.

Katelan has concentrated experience defending colleges and universities in a wide range of employment disputes and student conduct matters.

As a litigator, Katelan has successfully advocated on behalf of educational institutions in state and federal court proceedings and investigations before federal and state agencies, as well as during mediations and settlement conferences. She has resolved contentious discovery disputes favorably and with minimal motion practice, successfully taken and defended depositions, secured numerous 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 a host of compliance and risk management issues, including day-to-day counseling, drafting and revising policies and procedures, and leading training seminars. Additionally, Katelan assists clients in serving as an independent investigator on sensitive matters. This includes both 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. That experience, coupled with a long-held passion for education, prompted her to pursue a career dedicated to helping universities and colleges. At Loyola University Chicago School of Law, she served on two journals, including Law Journal (law review), and she served as an extern to the Honorable Ronald Bartkowiz of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.  




  • 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


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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Committee
  • Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Founding Member
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • 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.