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Practice Areas
Local Government
Labor & Employment
Workers' Compensation
J.D., The John Marshall Law School
B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago 
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Kathleen O'Grady

Growing up in a police family, Kathleen had an interest in defending government entities and employees from the onset of her career. 

Kathleen received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  During law school, Kathleen completed a semester abroad in New Zealand and Australia where she took international and comparative law courses.  Kathleen is active within the American Bar Association; she is currently Vice-Chair for the Section of International Law:  International Employment Law Committee and International Litigation Committee.  

Before attending law school, Kathleen worked in healthcare for 5 years, primarily at Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center.  Kathleen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a semester of language courses in Seville, Spain.  She is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.


  • Kathleen has assisted in drafting employee personnel policies, transgender policies, public library districts’ alcohol policies, and other municipal policies.  She has also participated in workplace investigations and updating clients on changes in labor and employment laws.  Kathleen represents clients in both state and federal court, and prosecutes on behalf of municipal clients.


  • “Somebody Blew the Whistle! Now What?: To What Extent are Whistleblower Protected Globally?”


  • Kathleen is a frequent contributor to Ancel Glink 's labor and employment blog, The Workplace Report.
  • IICLE's Contract Law Handbook (assisted in chapter update).
  • Municipal Labor Law (assisted in update).
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Honors & Awards

  • The John Marshall Law School, Dean's List