Kathryn Montgomery Moran is a Shareholder in the Chicago, Illinois office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has extensive litigation experience in individual and class action cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
When disputes cannot be resolved by agreement or dismissed on technical grounds, Ms. Moran tries cases before juries, judges, administrative law judges and arbitrators. She has successfully defended employers accused of the following: age, sex, race, disability and national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, ERISA violations, Family and Medical Leave Act violations, defamation, fraud, tortious interference, infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations.
Ms. Moran handles matters in state and federal courts around the country, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and other government agencies.
While Ms. Moran loves trials, she understands that not all of her clients share that passion. Her philosophy is to determine at the outset what her client’s goals are—be it early resolution, saving money, avoiding adverse publicity of defending a principle. She then takes whatever steps are necessary to achieve those goals. In some situations, the client’s interests are best served by mediating a case immediately and arriving at a settlement. In other cases, the client’s aims are best achieved by a jury trial.
A quick phone call to Ms. Moran can often help to avoid unpleasant conflicts with employees and expensive legal fees.
Ms. Moran is a frequent speaker and writer on employment law matters, including employment discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, sexual harassment, defamation, employment torts and other employment law topics.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Moran was a Partner at a large full service law firm. Prior to that, Ms. Moran served as Clerk for Judges William R. Beasley and Roman S. Gribbs of the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Ms. Moran was Chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee from 2000-2001. She has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer and received the top “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Ms. Moran was named to the 2013 and 2014 Best Lawyers in America lists. Ms. Moran is a member of the American Bar Association.
Ms. Moran received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1981 from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984.