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Michaela Kabat

Ms. Kabat represents companies and individuals in complex litigation matters in both federal and state court. Her cases have included contract disputes, shareholder derivative matters, qui tam litigation, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, and constitutional law matters. Ms. Kabat is a trained mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution.

Selected Engagements

Defended insurer in state court dispute regarding financial holdings.

Defended multinational corporation in multiple shareholder derivative suits in state and federal court.

Conducted internal investigation of healthcare company in connection with False Claims Act litigation.

Represented plaintiff in FOIA litigation against a federal agency. 

Represented several detained individuals bringing constitutional claims in pandemic-related habeas cases. 

Represented incarcerated individual bringing Section 1983 claims against state agency in federal court. 


B.A., Wesleyan University, History, 2005.

Phi Beta Kappa

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2017.

Graduated Cum Laude

Edwin F. Mandel Award for Exceptional Contributions to Clinical Programs

Topics Access & Recruitment Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

Academic Advisor to First-Year Law Students


Admitted to the Illinois Bar, 2017.

Law clerk to the Hon. John Z. Lee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2017-18.

Associate with Sidley Austin, LLP, Chicago, 2018-2022.

Associate with this firm, 2022.

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


Chicago Bar Association

Auxiliary Board, Center for Conflict Resolution, 2021