Kathryne Hayes’ practice includes civil and commercial litigation, ARDC defense, legal malpractice defense, and ethics counseling for lawyers and law firms. She serves as outside ethics counsel to solo practitioners and law firms in Chicago in various matters relating to professional responsibility. Kathryne represents individuals and businesses in a variety of disputes in state and federal court. Kathryne also handles civil appeals.
Ms. Hayes successfully defended a significant securities case brought by stockowners, winning a dismissal at the trial court level and then effectively defending the appeal by petitioning the Illinois Appellate Court for rehearing following a partial remand back to the trial court.
Ms. Hayes has also handled various matters before the Illinois ARDC from the investigative stage through trial and appeal. Many investigations are concluded without further action and remain confidential. Formal complaints have been satisfactorily concluded by discipline on consent or following a hearing and appeal.
Ms. Hayes is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Professional Conduct committee and she is also a member of the ISBA’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission committee. She was previously the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s YLS Professional Responsibility Committee.
Ms. Hayes presented a CLE titled “Pitfalls in Trust Accounting” at the Peoria County Bar Association’s Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar on October 11, 2019.
She was also a presenter at the following CBA CLEs: Billing Ethically & Getting Paid (June 12, 2019); Basics for New Lawyers – Avoiding Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Issues (January 11, 2019); The Status and Evolution of Attorney Advertising (April 24, 2018); The Ins and Outs of Fee Sharing (January 3, 2018); Dealing With Client Dishonesty: Ethical and Civil Liability Considerations (September 6, 2017); Lifecycle of an ARDC case (January 7, 2015).