Background & Experience

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
  • B.S., Florida State University, summa cum laude

Legal Experience

  • Illinois Attorney General’s Office
  • Illinois State Police
  • Inspector General’s Counsel, Illinois Dept. Public Aid
  • Deputy General Counsel, Ill. Dept. Children & Family Services
  • Jones, Ware & Grenard

Bar Memberships:

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Council
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee
  • Former Chair, Government Service Committee, Chicago Bar Association