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:

  • 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 (1999-2017)
  • American Trial Lawyer's Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2010-2017)
  • 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 (2004-2017)
  • 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 (2005-2017) 
  • 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 (2005-2017)
  • 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 (1995-2017)


*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.