Overview

Katie Jakola is a litigation partner and trial lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has tried and won jury and bench trials in state and federal courts across the country. Katie focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes, mass tort, product liability, and restructuring matters.

Katie also advises clients in internal investigations and government enforcement defense matters. She has handled investigations and defended companies in whistleblower and other compliance actions for clients in the pharmaceutical and other sectors. Most of these matters have been resolved confidentially without any adverse government enforcement action.

Katie’s litigation and trial work has been featured in various publications, including The American Lawyer, The Financial Times, Law360, Dow Jones Bankruptcy & Debt, Turnarounds & Workouts, and The Deal, among others.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

"Arbitrating Consumer Claims Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act," 68 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1459, 2001

Seminars

Presented to federal judiciary, Evidence & Trial Skills, Federal Judicial Center, August 9, 2017

Contributor, A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence, American Bar Association, Litigation Section Annual Conference, May 4, 2017

Panelist, Defending Your Expert Report in a Daubert Challenge, American Bankruptcy Institute, The University of Texas School of Law, and The Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, VALCON 2017, March 1, 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

  • Trial Practice, Trial Evidence and The Woman Advocate Committees

Big Shoulders Fund, Chairman's Advisory Council

Federal Bar Association

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois
  • New York

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education

  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2001

    Order of the Coif

    University of Chicago Law Review

  • Northwestern UniversityB.A., Political Science & Environmental Sciences1998