Kathleen Zellner

Law Offices of Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates
4580 Weaver Pkwy Ste 204
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 955-1212

Kathleen Zellner has the rare distinction of having won major verdicts in civil and criminal cases. Most trial attorneys only try cases in one area of law. Ms. Zellner has won first degree murder trials, multi-million dollar civil verdicts, criminal and civil appeals, and post-conviction exonerations.

She is the only trial attorney in the United States who has won 5 multi-million dollar record verdicts in the span of 11 months. She currently has the highest civil rights verdict in the United States calculated per months of incarceration, totaling $1 million per month. Additionally, she has the highest false arrest settlement, calculated at $15,555 per minute for a total of $1.4 million for a 90 minute false arrest. There is no other civil rights attorney in the United States who has won larger verdicts when the months of incarceration or the minutes of false arrest are calculated. By monthly comparison, a $21 million verdict for 11 years would be $159,000 per month. Another example is a $9 million verdict for 4 years imprisonment, totals $187,500 per month.

The underlying premise of Zellner's remarkable success is that she is not just "practicing" law, she is getting unparalleled results. Her ability to win in the courtroom, no matter the type of case, is the result of her creative trial strategies to winning for the victims of injustice.


Civil Rights Violations
Medical Malpractice
Prisoner Abuse
Criminal Appeals
Post-conviction and Habeas Actions


10 Best Attorneys - American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (2017)
America's Greatest Attorneys (2017)
LawDragon's Top 500 Plaintiff's Attorneys in the United States
Nations One Percent - National Association of Distinguished Counsel (2017)
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates (1999-2018)
American Trial Lawyer's Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2010-2018)
Named among "The 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans 2015"
Named "Person of the Year" by Chicago Lawyer magazine (2014)
Leading Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
American Lawyer Media Ten Most Influential Attorneys in Illinois
Super Lawyer- Medical Malpractice (2004-2018)
Leading Lawyers The Number One Female Criminal Defense Attorney in Illinois and Top 10 Women Lawyers (2005-2017)
Leading Lawyers Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice, and Appeals (2005-2018)
Super Lawyer (2004-2017)
Leading Lawyers Top 10 Women Lawyers and The Number One Female Criminal Defense Attorney in Illinois (2005-2017)
Leading Lawyers Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice, and Appeals (2005-2018)
Litigation Counsel of America Ron Perelman Outstanding Service aware for going "above and beyond in commitment and service" to the community (2013)
American Bar Association Pursuit of Justice Award (2012)
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Illinois Trial Excellence Award (2011)
Illinois State Crime Commission Champion of Justice (2005)
Chicago Tribue Most Influential Women in the United States (2003)
DuPage County Bar Association and National Law Journal Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2002)
National Law Journal Top 50 Women Litigators in the United States (2001)
National Law Joural Ten of America's Top Litigators for Successful Strategies (2000)
Peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (1995-2018)


Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Leading Lawyers Illinois - Board Member
American College Trial Lawyers - Fellow
Multi-million Dollar Advocate Club - Member
American Bar Association - Member
Chicago Bar Association - Member
Illinois State Bar Association - Member
DuPage County Bar Association - Member


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