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Kate Schwartz

Kate Schwartz is a Partner of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. Ms. Schwartz represents clients in a broad range of complex litigation matters, with a concentration in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights, and constitutional law.

She was recently recognized by Leading Lawyers Network as an Emerging Lawyer recommended in Civil Rights/Constitutional Law and Employment Law and by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of Civil Rights litigation. Ms. Schwartz litigates in state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and has experience resolving employment issues ranging from discrimination and accommodation claims, to wage-and-hour issues. In 2018, Ms. Schwartz was honored by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for providing outstanding contributions to justice for those experiencing homelessness in the course of her civil rights practice.

Ms. Schwartz joined the firm in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, she was an Assistant Appellate Defender at the Office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender, where she obtained significant relief for her clients, including outright reversals of conviction and remands for a new trial. Ms. Schwartz also previously worked as a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter, LLP, in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Schwartz graduated magna cum laude from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she was a staff editor and published note author for the Washington University Law Review, a successful two-time competitor on the ABA National Moot Court Team, and a Legal Practice teaching assistant.


Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D. 2010, magna cum laude)
University of Michigan (B.A. 2007, with high distinction)


Michigan (2010)
District of Columbia (former member) (2011)
Illinois (2012)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Recognition

Named to the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers® in Civil Rights litigation (2020)
Named to the Emerging Lawyer list by Leading Lawyers® in Civil Rights/Constitutional Law and Employment Law

Memberships / Admissions

Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

Speeches & Presentations

Cash Bail in Cook County, Illinois: Application and Efforts for Reform, presentation at Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference, Criminal Breakout Session (May 6, 2019).
Ethical and Best Practice Issues When Representing Whistleblowers in FCA Cases, Presentation at University of Illinois College of Law Class on Compliance, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility (Apr. 21, 2017).
Federal and Illinois Law Covering Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Presentation to Community Activism Law Alliance (May 27, 2016).
Criminal Liability For Internet Culprits: The Need For Updated State Laws Covering The Full Spectrum Of Cyber Victimization, Washington University Law Review, 87 Wash. U. L. Rev. 407 (2009).


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