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Summary: Dedicating a substantial portion of her practice to professional liability and employment matters, Kate Dempster is a trusted and sought-after counselor and advocate for insurers, insureds, and employers alike. Kate’s holistic approach to advocacy and her commitment to providing clients with frequent, open communication define how she practices law, and she has built a lengthy track record of success in an impressive range of matters and forums.


A partner in the firm’s Chicago office, Kate Dempster is a favorite among insureds and insurers because of her holistic approach to advocacy, responsiveness, and track record of success. She understands that the strongest attorney-client relationships are built on a foundation of trust, respect, and frequent, open, and meaningful communication. 

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 insights of seasoned national coverage counsel.

Kate also 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.

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.


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.


    • 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


  • 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.