HONORS 

Many attorneys have deep convictions about justice and work hard for the order and freedom that the true rule of law can bring. A few attorneys are acknowledged for devoting their careers to the cause of justice.

Chicago-based attorney 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. Her many accolades include being:

  • Recipient of the 2013 Peter Perlman Service Award for going "above and beyond in commitment and service" to the community
  • 2000 - National Law Joural Ten of America's Top Litigators for Successful Strategies
  • 2001 - National Law Journal Top 50 Women Litigators in the United States
  • 2002 - DuPage County Bar Association and National Law Journal Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • 2003 - Chicago Tribue Most Influential Women in the United States
  • 2005 - Illinois State Crime Commission Champion of Justice
  • 2009 - Selected for LawDragon's Top 500 attorneys in the United States - in all areas of law
  • 2011 - Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Illinois Trial Excellence Award
  • 2012 - American Bar Association Pursuit of Justice Award
  • 2013 - Litigation Counsel of America Ron Perelman Outstanding 
  • 2014 - Named "Person of the Year" by Chicago Lawyer magazine
  • 2015 - Named among "The 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans 2015"
  • 2004-2016 - Super Lawyer
  • 2005-2016 - Leading Lawyers Network Top 10 Women Lawyers and The Number One Female Criminal Defense Attorney in Illinois
  • 2005-2016 - Leading Lawyers Network Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice, and Appeals
  • One of the top 10 women lawyers and the number one female criminal defense attorney in Illinois according to Illinois Leading Lawyers Magazine
  • Peer-rated *AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (2000-2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
  • Nations One Percent - National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • American Trial Lawyer's Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2010-2016)
  • Leading Lawyers Network Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Lawyer Media Ten Most Influential Attorneys in Illinois


*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.