Illinois

Tel

312.332.3900

Fax

312.332.3908

Email

kdempster@tlsslaw.com

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Curriculum Vitae

Kate dedicates a substantial portion of her practice to professional liability and employment practices liability defense. From radiologists to appraisers, manufacturing companies to grade schools, Kate effectively defends the interests of insureds throughout the states of Illinois and Wisconsin. She also has extensive experience advocating for employers in administrative proceedings at both the state and federal levels, against charges brought under anti-discrimination statutes including the ADA, Title VII, and ADEA. Kate is a favorite amongst insureds because of her holistic approach to advocacy, responsiveness, and track record of success.

As an organic extension of her EPLI practice, Kate represents and counsels employers with respect to employment law matters, including training, policies, handbook contents, and best practices to limit employment practices liability exposure. Kate also protects the interests of employers relating to restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, and a variety of other scenarios that arise in the employment context.

Kate’s insurance coverage experience spans a decade, and ranges from professional liability to property and casualty insurance, encompassing primary as well as umbrella and excess layers of coverage. Kate firmly believes her litigation practice is invaluable to her success and effectiveness as a coverage attorney. She evaluates each claim as a part of a larger picture of liability and exposure, and understands the importance of forethought and communication. Kate also appreciates the all-too-frequent impact of jurisdictional nuances on questions of policy interpretation, and tackles each analysis with the expertise of seasoned national coverage counsel.

AREAS OF FOCUS

Insurance Coverage
Kate counsels insurance companies, renders coverage opinions, and prepares coverage correspondence to insureds. She also represents insurers in declaratory judgment suits, bad faith actions, and regulatory investigations around the country.

Professional Liability Defense
Kate defends professionals such as attorneys, architects, underwriters, and appraisers against claims of professional negligence in state and federal courts.

Employment Practices Liability Defense
Kate defends employers against claims made by employees (prospective, former, and current) alleging discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to promote, harassment, and other employment-related issues.

Employment Counseling and Litigation
Kate counsels and assists employers with policy and contract review, training, investigations, legal compliance, and employment-related disputes and litigation, including protection of trade secrets, and enforcement of confidentiality provisions and restrictive covenants.

Education

    • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2009, J.D., Dean’s list
      • Honors at Entrance Scholarship Recipient
      • Certificate in Trial Advocacy
      • Member of the Arts and the Law Society
    • University of Dayton, Ohio, 2006, B.F.A., cum laude

Admissions

  • Bar
    • Illinois
    • Wisconsin
  • Court
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Pro hac vice: Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania Texas, and Vermont.
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