Kate O'Brien focuses her practice on complex business disputes involving a broad range of areas, including contract disputes, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, corporate and partnership disputes, government contracts, and intellectual property. Ms. O’Brien represents clients in all aspects of litigation, including cases involving emergency injunctive relief, at the trial and appellate court level, and in arbitration and mediation.
Ms. O’Brien regularly advises clients on complex e-discovery matters and the utilization of computer forensics in non-compete and trade secrets cases. She has experience retaining and working with expert witnesses on issues related to computer forensics, FDA regulations, indemnification, environmental remediation, and damages.
In 2017, Ms. O’Brien was recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers, a distinction given to less than 2% of all attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois. The honor recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 who have proven to be of exceptional character and have conveyed outstanding aptitude for the practice of law in the early stage of their career.
Ms. O’Brien serves as a board member of the Women’s Bar Foundation, an organization that awards scholarships to third-year female law students who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to community and diversity.
Ms. O’Brien is admitted to practice in Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Court of Federal Claims. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.
Prior to joining Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC in 2011, Ms. O'Brien served as a judicial clerk for Judge Stuart E. Palmer of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division. She earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law. While in law school, she served as Notes and Comments Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review. Ms. O'Brien received her bachelor's degree with honors in philosophy from Villanova University.