Rewriting the Ending for the Wrongly Convicted


In 23 years, Kathleen Zellner has righted more wrongful prosecutions than any private attorney in America. The Law Offices of Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates is based in the Chicago, Illinois, area. With our extensive legal network across the United States we can provide nationwide legal services for civil rights violations, medical malpractice, prisoner abuse, criminal appeals, post-conviction, and habeas actions.


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Winning Against Improbable Odds

Against improbable odds, founding attorney Kathleen T. Zellner and her team of trial lawyers have won groundbreaking judgments and verdicts — and tens of millions of dollars in damages — for clients from all walks of life. Ms. Zellner is the only attorney in the country to have won five multi-million dollar verdicts in less than a year. Equipped with a unique combination of extensive criminal trial experience, high-stakes civil litigation experience and success in major medical malpractice and civil rights litigation, she and her staff have compiled an extraordinary track record in courts across the country. Our firm is in the business of fighting and winning.

Over $100 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Meet the Team


Founding Partner

Many attorneys have deep convictions about justice and work hard for the order and freedom that the true rule of law can bring. Kathleen T. Zellner has been practicing law for three decades, concentrating her practice since the 1990s on civil rights, criminal and medical malpractice cases. Ms. Zellner is known nationally for her commitment to fight for justice — and see justice prevail — in courtrooms across the country.



Attorney Douglas H. Johnson is Ms. Zellner's partner in her practice. Mr. Johnson assists Ms. Zellner in selecting civil cases further concentrating in the area of criminal law, defending individuals accused of First Degree Murder and other major felonies. Johnson has represented clients before trial and appellate courts throughout Illinois, the Supreme Court of Illinois and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.



Nicholas M. Curran has been an associate attorney with Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates since his admission to the Illinois Bar in May of 2007. Mr. Curran has extensive experience in representing clients in criminal appeals and petitions for post-conviction relief. He also assists Ms. Zellner and Mr. Johnson in a wide range of both criminal and civil matters

Our years long experience with Kathleen and her associates has turned into a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s not often that you’ll work with some one who genuinely cares about their clients and looks forward to helping them in any and every way they can possibly manage to. This rare reality, however, has been what continually defines our work relationship with Kathleen.
— Ryan Ferguson

About The FIRM

The firm is led by attorney Kathleen T. Zellner, who has earned a national reputation as a fighter for justice.

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No private attorney in the United States has successfully fought for the release of more wrongfully convicted individuals. 

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