Law Offices of Cathy Pilkington

Experienced commercial litigation and employment law

    Cathy A. Pilkington

With over 25 years experience as a litigator, Cathy Pilkington has worked in government law-enforcement related positions and tried numerous criminal and civil fraud-related cases in state and federal courts. She has defended many corporate employers on employment discrimination charges as well as restrictive covenants and other types of employment cases. She also has extensive knowledge of administrative law and the regulatory requirements of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.     


  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, Distinction, 1980.
  • B.S., Florida State University, summa cum laude, 1976

    Legal Experience:

  • Illinois Attorney General's Office - 1980 - 1985
  • Illinois State Police - 1985-1988
  • Inspector General's Counsel, Illinois Dept. Public Aid, 1988-1989
  • Deputy General Counsel, Ill. Dept. Children & Family Services - 1989-1992
  • Jones, Ware & Grenard - 1992 - 1998

    Bar Memberships:

  • Illinois Supreme Court - 1980
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - 1981
  • Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois - 1982
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois - 1998
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan - 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit - 1982

    Professional Associations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Council
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Subcommitte (2006-2007) 
  • Former Chair, Government Service Committee, Chicago Bar Association

    Recent Representative Matters:

    Circle Group Holdings, Inc. v. Akhamzadeh, 2006 WL 2548164 (N.D.Ill. 2006)
    Brown, Udell and Pomerantz, Ltd. v. Ryan, 861 N.E.2d 258 (Ill. App. 2006)
    Parnell v. Hometown Distributing Co., Inc., 2006 WL 314518 (N.D. Ill. 2006)
    Cunningham v. Equicredit Corp. of Ill., et al, 427 F.Supp.2d 838 (N.D. Ill. 2006)

    Lance B. Johnson, a former law enforcement officer and emergency medical technician, was recently admitted to the Illinois bar.  His practice is concentrated in business litigation and employment law. 


  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School
  • B.A. Southern Illinois University

    Bar Membership:

  • Illinois State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

    Professional Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association