Catherine A. Cooke


Litigation is rarely something people look forward to. I’ve found that simple efforts like taking the time to truly listen to my clients and keeping the lines of communication open go a long way toward making the experience less stressful.

My Background

Throughout my career, my litigation practice has partnered me with businesses, individuals, and financial institutions, and on their behalves, I have handled diverse and complex litigation matters before federal and Illinois state courts, including:

  • Commercial landlord/tenant, equipment leasing, and other contract disputes;
  • Mortgage and mechanics lien foreclosures and real estate litigation;
  • Breach of fiduciary duty and corporate/limited liability company disputes;
  • Condominium/homeowners association governance and management matters;
  • Creditor’s rights and bankruptcy adversary proceedings.

One of my strengths as an attorney is my ability and willingness to immerse myself in my clients’ cases, both factually and as to the substantive law. As a life-long learner, I am driven to conduct thorough research to inform my case analyses and litigation strategy. These traits help me weigh the facts of each case and the applicable law in the context of my client’s individual and institutional objectives.

Armed with that information, I am able to assist clients, if they have the choice, in identifying whether litigation is truly the best course of action. There are many instances where pursuing settlement or forms of mediation have the strongest likelihood of maximizing a client’s goals and minimizing financial strain. However, when litigation is the necessary path, I am fully prepared to take matters to trial or arbitration and am proud to work at a firm that provides the support and resources to do so.

Outside of the office, I am regularly researching new and interesting travel destinations to visit. I am an associate board member at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and also devote time to various military and veterans-related charitable organizations.

My Education

The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2006

Indiana University – Bloomington, B.A., 2003


Illinois, 2006Indiana, 2009U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2007, Federal Trial Bar, 2011U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 2009U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2013U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2007United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2009


Chicago Bar Association Illinois State Bar Association Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC), IDC Quarterly - Assistant Editor, Columnist Greater Chicago Food Depository, Associate Board Member
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