Kate Schwartz

Kate Schwartz

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Kate Schwartz is an Associate with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She concentrates her practice in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and labor and employment. She joined the firm in 2015.

Ms. Schwartz graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan (B.A. 2007) and magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D. 2010). During law school, Ms. Schwartz was a published note author and a Staff Editor for the Washington University Law Review, a teaching assistant for the first-year legal writing course, and a two-time competitor on the ABA Moot Court Team. At the Regional ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition in 2009, Ms. Schwartz ranked amongst the top ten best advocates. In 2010, as the editor of the third highest ranked brief, she advanced to the octofinal round of the National Finals. Ms. Schwartz also worked in Washington University’s Criminal Justice Clinic at the St. Louis County Public Defender’s Office.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schwartz was an Assistant Appellate Defender at the Office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender.  Ms. Schwartz obtained a broad range of relief for her clients including outright reversals of conviction, remands for a new trial, for resentencing, and for further post-conviction proceedings, and immediate custodial release.  Also during her time at the State Appellate Defender’s Office, Mr. Schwartz raised a successful constitutional challenge to portions of the Illinois stalking and cyberstalking statutes, which the Illinois Appellate Court found to facially violate the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause.

Ms. Schwartz also previously worked as a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter, LLP, in Washington, D.C.  At Arnold & Porter, she dedicated extensive time to pro bono work, which included representing a client in an application for U-Visa immigration status, and successfully defending a client against criminal assault charges before also successfully suppressing the client’s record of arrest.


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D. 2010)

    • magna cum laude
    • — Order of the Coif (2010)
    • — Honor Scholar Award (every year); Dean’s List (all semesters)
    • — Staff Editor, Washington University Law Review
    • — Competitor and Brief Editor, ABA Moot Court Team: National octofinalist and third highest ranked brief (2010); Regional finalist and sixth highest ranked individual advocate (2009)
    • — Teaching Assistant, Legal Practice I (2010)
    • — CALI Awards: Legal Practice I; Employment Law

  • University of Michigan (B.A. 2007)

    • — high distinction
    • — University Honor Roll



  • 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. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association

  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois 


  • 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).