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Katherine L. Goyert



Kate focuses on employment counseling for employers and management and defending employers in federal, state, and administrative litigation. Clients value Kate’s litigation skills and proactive, strategic employment counseling related to:

  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Wage and hour claims, including exemption status, overtime issues, and audits by the U.S. Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Labor
  • Employee leave issues including Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Non-compete claims
  • Wrongful termination, hiring, evaluation and discipline of employees, harassment investigations, and employee handbook and policies

Kate counsels clients across a broad spectrum of industries including non-profits, manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, healthcare, and higher education.


Notable matters include: 

  • Advising a construction company on a $2.5 million Fair Labor Standard Act suit alleging that employees were misclassified as exempt and denied overtime payments; the case resulted in a favorable outcome for the client
  • Defended employers and management in numerous discrimination, harassment, and retaliation matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Illinois Department of Human Rights

Honors & Recognitions

  • "Rising Stars," Illinois Super Lawyers, 2014-2017

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association



Community Involvement

  • Governing Board of Directors Member, Girls on the Run - Chicago
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