Karina Zabicki DeHayes is a partner at Tabet DiVito & Rothstein. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 50 Women attorneys in Illinois. In every year since 2014, she has been identified as an Illinois Super Lawyer in SuperLawyers® Magazine. Previously, for four consecutive years beginning in 2009, she had been named an Illinois “Rising Star” by her peers in SuperLawyers® Magazine, a distinction reserved for the top 2.5% of Illinois lawyers who are under the age of 40 or in practice for 10 years or less. In 2008, she was recognized in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “40 Under Forty” – Illinois attorneys to watch.
Ms. DeHayes has represented a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company, a “Fortune 500” company, national trade show organizations, telecommunications companies, retail property groups, state government officials, former executives of large and small corporations, and other clients in the areas of complex commercial litigation, appellate law and local governmental law, in Illinois state and federal courts. In addition to trial and appellate proceedings, she also has represented clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
She has handled matters involving breach of contract, real estate litigation, executive compensation, restrictive covenants, statutory and common law unfair competition and fraud, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, and professional malpractice. She also counsels business executives regarding their severance agreements with their employers. She has been admitted as a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois.
Ms. DeHayes received a B.A. degree in History from the University of Michigan, graduating with distinction in 1995. In 1998, she earned her J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She served as a member of the Loyola Consumer Law Review and participated in Loyola’s Moot Court Program, receiving an award for Best Oral Advocate at the regional competition before competing at the national competition.
Ms. DeHayes joined Tabet DiVito & Rothstein in March 2001. A sampling of her cases includes the following:
Ms. DeHayes served as the President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois in 2012-2013, of which organization she is still a member. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and Advocates Society.
Ms. DeHayes is a mentor to many women attorneys through her continuing activities in the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. She has authored numerous articles in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, an example of which is "Ways for women to stick with their legal careers." A link to the article is accessible here.