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Kay L. Dawson

Ms. Dawson has experience representing clients in federal and state courts. Her cases have included corporate disputes, class actions, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud matters. Ms. Dawson also has significant experience defending attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice disputes.

Selected Engagements

Represented international law firm in defense of malpractice claims involving taxation of hedge fund’s domestic and foreign partnership affiliates.

Represented client in dispute regarding breach of fiduciary duties and control of closely held entities.

Defended national law firms in legal malpractice cases arising from corporate transactions, intellectual property litigation, and secured lending.

Represented attorneys and law firm in defense of civil RICO claims.

Represented plaintiff class in federal civil rights class action challenging the Illinois same-sex marriage ban.

Defended national food manufacturer in breach of contract dispute brought in federal court.


B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, Economics, 2009
Graduated summa cum laude

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2013


Admitted to the Illinois Bar, 2013

Analyst in Securities Operations at Goldman Sachs & Co., 2009-2010

Summer associate with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, 2012

Associate with this firm, 2013-2019; became a partner in 2020

Admitted to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Auxiliary Board, Center for Conflict Resolution, 2016