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 and liability.
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 also represents individuals and businesses in a variety of disputes in state and federal court as well as civil appeals in a variety of matters.
She 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 currently serves as secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Professional Conduct committee as well as the ISBA’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission committee for 2021-2022 bar year. Prior to serving as secretary, Ms. Hayes was a member of both committees for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 bar years. Ms. Hayes previously served as the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s YLS Professional Responsibility Committee.
Ms. Hayes was a panelist on the topic of “Ethics in Marketing” presented by the ISBA on September 23, 2020.
Ms. Hayes presented “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).
Kathryne is also proud to serve on the Development Advisory Board of One Tail at a Time.