Kathleen C. Chavez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Chicago, IL

Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC
 | 55 West Wacker, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 630-232-7450
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Antitrust Litigation (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Kathleen C. Chavez is a founding partner of Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Chavez handles class action lawsuits in the area of mass tort law and also practices antitrust, business, employment and intellectual property litigation. She is admitted to practice in all Illinois state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Ms. Chavez has more than 20 years of experience. She is familiar with all aspects of the civil litigation process, including discovery, document review, motion practice, pleadings and trials at the state and appellate levels.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Chavez has handled numerous complex class action and multidistrict litigation matters, recovering millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Her plaintiff clients include individuals, children, employees and governmental bodies who are the victims of automobile accidents, breach of contract, deception, defective products, discrimination, environmental contamination, fraud, harassment and other wrongs.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Chavez lectures at conferences and seminars and serves in various leadership positions. She participates in several professional organizations and enjoys staying actively involved in her legal community. She has earned recognition from groups, including Esteemed Lawyers of America, Lawyers of Distinction and Leading Lawyers.

Ms. Chavez earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Illinois University and a law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is certified as an arbitrator and mediator through the American Arbitration Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Class Action/Mass Torts (40%): Class Actions, Toxic Torts

Employment Litigation (20%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Antitrust Litigation (20%): Antitrust & Trade Litigation

Business Litigation (10%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Class Actions, Toxic Torts, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Antitrust & Trade Litigation, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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Super Lawyers: 2019

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About Kathleen Chavez

Admitted: 1998, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.fmcolaw.com/About-Us/Kathleen-C-Chavez.shtml

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Arbitrator

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Claims Court

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois

  • Illinois, 1998

  • American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), Mediator and Employment Panel Arbitrator


  • In Re Wholesale Grocery Products Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2090
  • In Re U.S. Foodservice, Inc., Price Litigation, MDL 1894
  • In Re RC2 Corp. Toy Lead Paint Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1893
  • In Re Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1997
  • In Re Sulzer Hip Prosthesis And Knee Prosthesis Liability Litigation, MDL 1401
  • In Re OxyContin Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1603
  • In Re Pre-Filled Propane Tank Litigation, MDL 2086
  • In Re Pharmacy Benefits Manager Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1782
  • In Re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1720
  • In Re Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 1629
  • In Re Managed Care Litigation, MDL 1334, 04-CV-21589 (M.D. Fla.)
  • In Re Lupron Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 1430
  • In Re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1663, Civ. No. 04-518(FSH) (D.N.J.)
  • In Re Comcast Set-Top Box Litigation, MDL 2034
  • In Re Household Goods Movers Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1865
  • In Re Bayer Corp. Products Litigation, MDL 2023
  • In Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2406
  • Whitworth, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Docket No. 00CVH-08-6980 (Oh. Ct. Com. Pl.)
  • In Re Air Cargo Shipping Service Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1775
  • Westgate Ford Truck Sales v. Ford Motor Company, Docket No. 02-CV-483526 (Ohio Cir. Ct.)
  • Vulcan Golf, LLC, et al. v. Google Inc., Docket No. 07-CV-3371 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Vennett, et al. v. American Intercontinental University, et al., Docket No. 05-CV-4889 (N.D. Ill.)
  • UBID, Inc. v. The GoDaddy Group, Inc., and GoDaddy.com, Inc., Docket No. 1:09-CV-02123 (N.D. Ill.)
  • United States of America ex. rel. Mark Eugene Duxbury et al., v. Ortho Biotech Products, L.P., Docket No. 03-CV-12189-RWZ (D. Mass.)
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et al., v. Gonnella Baking Co., No. 08-CV-5240 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Tipsword v. Merrill Lynch, et al., Docket No. 3:09-CV-00390 (S.D. Ill.)
  • In Re Sears Roebuck & Co. ERISA Litigation, Docket No. 1:02-cv-08324 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Potts, v. United Parcel Service, Inc., Docket No. 07-cv-3949 (N.D. Ill.)
  • McManus, et al. v Countrywide Financial Corp., et al., Docket No. 09-CV-1705 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Love, et al. v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, et al., Docket No.: 03-CV-21296 (S.D. FL)
  • Lincoln Adventures, LLC v. Those Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, Docket No. 2:08-cv-00235-CCC-PS
  • In Re Google AdWords Litigation, Docket No. 08-CV-03369 (N.D. CA)
  • Havlish v. bin Laden, Docket No. 03-MDL- 1570 (S.D. NY)
  • Gennusa, et al. v. Lakewood Homes, Inc., Docket No. 08-L-46 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)
  • Dremak, et al. v. Groupon, Inc., Docket No. 11-CH-876 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)

  • Dunkle, et al. v. IFDA Services Inc., et al., Docket No.: 08-L-682 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)
  • Douglas Powers and Suzan McCarthy, et al., v. U.S. Department of Transportation, Agency, EEOC Case Nos. 210-2002-6091X

  • Barnes v. Canadian National, Docket No. 04 C 1249 (N.D. Ill.)

  • Carter v. Allstate, Docket No. 02 L 717 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)

  • Byas, et al. v. Union Pacific Railroad, Docket No. 06-CV-475 (S.D. IL)

  • Bolden v. Walsh Construction Company, Docket No. 06-cv-4104 (N.D. IL)

  • State of Montana, et al, v. BP plc, et al., Docket No. DDV-2011-193 (MT Cir. Ct.)

  • Amft v. United States Dep’t of Transp., EEOC Case No. 210-2004-00139X (2004)

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences v. GoDaddy.com, Inc., Docket No. 10-CV-3738 (C.D. CA)

  • DeKalb County, et al. v. Federal Housing Finance Agency, et al, Docket No. 3:12-cv-50227 (N.D. Ill.)

  • State of South Dakota, et al, v. BP plc, et al., Docket No. 10-257(S.D. Cir. Ct.)

  • State of Colorado, et al, v. ConocoPhillips Company, Docket No. 12-CV-0451 (CO Cir. Ct.)

  • Representing a group of 24 states against Major Oil Companies in Qui Tam Litigation across the country

Educational Background:

  • Northern Illinois University, Illinois, B.S. in Finance, 1995

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Office Location for Kathleen C. Chavez

55 West Wacker
9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 630-232-7450

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Last Updated: 11/17/2018

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