Kathleen L. Ford

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4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1400
San Francisco, California 94111

Ms. Ford is an attorney in the Firm’s Chicago office, focusing her practice on Financial Services Litigation, Consumer Litigation, Complex Litigation and Class Action Defense, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Defense.

Ms. Ford has over ten years of experience defending individuals and corporate entities in a wide variety of civil actions. She defends financial institutions in litigation involving state and federal consumer finance laws throughout the country and litigates in both state and federal courts throughout Illinois. An experienced trial attorney, Ms. Ford has obtained numerous jury verdicts in favor of insureds and their carries throughout Illinois. She has prepared hundreds of witnesses for depositions, arbitrations, and trials and has conducted and defended depositions of expert witnesses. She has extensive arbitration experience and is a certified arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. In addition, Ms. Ford has negotiated numerous favorable settlements on behalf of clients.

Ms. Ford is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. During her tenure at the Attorney General’s office, Ms. Ford successfully defended the State of Illinois as well as many state officers and agencies. She litigated extensively in federal court through all phases of litigation and drafted numerous successful dispositive motions resulting in cases being dismissed in the early phases of litigation.

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 2002

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2005

Wisconsin, 2013


Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 2002

Miami University, B.S. in Business, 1999

Representative Cases

Johnson v. Saville, 2008 WL 4619782 (N.D. Ill. 2008), affirmed on appeal 575 F.3d 656 (2009), (obtained summary judgment in favor of Illinois State Police Officer in Section 1983 case).

Cooney v. Rossiter 2008 WL 3889945 (N.D. Ill. 2008) (obtained early dismissal for a federal judge and a state agency in a Section 1983 case).

McGee v. Monahan, 2008 WL 3849917 (N.D. Ill. 2008), (obtained summary judgment in favor of facility director in suit brought by civil detainee).

Baum v. Dozier, 2008 WL 4889097 (N.D. Ill. 2008) (obtained early dismissal for Illinois State Police officer in a Section 1983 case).

Gilbert v. Illinois State Board of Education, et al., 2007 WL 1017716 (co-wrote a successful motion to dismiss on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education and its Members.)

Mannix v. Machnik, 2006 WL 566447 (successfully defended several state court judges in suit brought by a former litigant.)


U.S. Supreme Court Reverses 3rd Circuit On Class Certification (April 2013).

Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Upholds Arbitration Provision, Declines to Consider Whether Concepcion Preempts Broughton-Cruz (April 2013).

Ninth Circuit: Removal Clock In CAFA Case Not Triggered When Complaint Silent On Amount In Controversy (March 2013).

U.S. Supreme Court Considering Damages Standard for Class Certification (February 2013).

One to Watch: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Plaintiff's Damages Stipulation Can Defeat Removal Under CAFA (January 2013).

One to Watch: Kilgore v. KeyBank En Banc Review (September 2012).

Southern District of California Adopts "No Conflict Exists" Approach to FCRA Preemption (May 2012).

9th Circuit Holds that FAA Preempts Broughton-Cruz Rule (March 2012).

U.S. Supreme Court: Little Tucker Act's Sovereign Immunity Waiver Does Not Apply To FCRA Actions (March 2012).

2nd Circuit Follows 7th Circuit on FCRA Preemption (February 2012).