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Kathryn Thomas Partner

Phone: (312) 634-1273
Fax: (312) 460-8299
Email: kthomas@cyp-law.com
Assistant Name: Kelly McDermott
Assistant Phone: (312) 634-7741
Kathryn Thomas is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group.

Kathryn has extensive business litigation experience in matters involving insurance coverage, intellectual property, products liability and general commercial litigation throughout the United States. Her experience includes trial and appellate work on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of complex litigation matters, including class actions. Kathryn also counsels clients regarding e-discovery issues, litigation holds and records management.

Kathryn has extensive business litigation experience in matters involving intellectual property, products liability and general commercial litigation throughout the United States. Kathryn has particular experience in product recalls and has represented clients before the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. She is skilled in advising clients in the assessment and management of a product recall and evaluating internal practices and procedures related to recall preparedness.

She is also an experienced advisor in the area of product recalls, having represented clients before the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. In this area, she is skilled in advising clients in the assessment and management of a product recall, recognizing the sensitivity in protecting a brand and consumers alike, evaluating internal practices and procedures related to recall preparedness, and working to minimize the impact of a recall on all involved. Kathryn is active in a variety of community, pro bono and teaching activities.

Kathryn believes an attorney should hold values that require one to be respectful, loving and caring. Some people do not believe these are characteristics of successful litigators. My 20 years of litigation experience have taught me that honey is often a more reliable tool than vinegar and that I am at my most effective for my clients in and out of the courtroom, when I am being true to who I am.%uFFFD

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Transportation

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois, 1993
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Federal Circuits, 1993
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1993

Education

  • J.D. The John Marshall Law School, 1993
  • B.A., English Illinois Wesleyan University, 1989

Professional Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School, Advanced Legal Writing and Advanced Oral Advocacy classes. In her Adjunct Professor role, Kathryn regularly coaches moot court teams.

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors of Chicago Scholars (2008 to present)
  • Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together*Metro Chicago (1993 to present)

Honors & Awards

  • Leading Lawyers, 2015

Publications

  • Author, "Collision Course: The Long-Term Implications of Proposed Settlements in the NFL and NCAA Lawsuits for Reinsurers." Insurance Insider (January 2015)
  • Author, "The Emerging Risk of Repetitive Stress Head Injury Claims," Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage (July 26, 2013)
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