- University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2003
- Albion College, B.A. 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals
- Seventh Circuit
- Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Courts
- Northern District of Illinois
- Eastern District of Michigan
Kathleen E. Koppenhoefer
Kate Koppenhoefer's practice focuses on the representation of corporations and individuals in business tort, complex commercial, and intellectual property disputes. She routinely litigates matters relating to non-compete agreements and trade secrets, and has significant experience representing employers in discrimination lawsuits.
- National Cookware Manufacturer Design Patent Litigation
Successfully defended a nationally known cookware manufacturer in a case involving alleged design patent infringement. The plaintiff, another well-known maker of cookware, attempted to obtain a permanent injunction against our client to prevent it from selling competing cookware--in addition to seeking millions in damages. The jury found for our client across the board.
- School District Reverse Gender Discrimination
Defended a school district against claims of reverse gender and age discrimination made by a disgruntled former bus driver. After successfully obtaining summary judgment against the plaintiff, the plaintiff appealed to the Seventh Circuit, which affirmed summary judgment.
- Commercial Lender Criminal Forefiture Appeal
Appeal of issues stemming from Michigan's Recording Act and impact in criminal forfeiture. Assisted in the defense of a commercial lender in a matter involving the government's attempt to use criminal forfeiture proceedings to take property in which the lender had a recorded interest. The Seventh Circuit reversed the ruling of the District Court, finding that the lender's recorded interest was superior to the lis pendens filed by the government.
- Commercial Lender Copyright Defense
Successfully obtained summary judgment and attorneys' fees in action under the Copyright Act seeking millions of dollars in statutory damages against a commercial lender in a dispute over licensing of computer software used to collect debts owed to lender. Both the entry of summary judgment and the award of attorneys' fees were subsequently upheld by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Shareholder Oppression Litigation
Obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of founding member of LLC who alleged oppression under the Illinois LLC Act and breach of contract; that preliminary injunction was ultimately confirmed by a judgment in favor of the founding member.
- National Cookware Manufacture Trade Dress Litigation
Obtained verdict on behalf of nationally known cookware manufacturer in a case involving the trade dress misappropriation of the client’s successful line of cookware by a retail store which received samples of the cookware and later began selling identical cookware. The retailer appealed and the verdict was upheld on appeal by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Building Maintenance Title VII Litigation
Obtained summary judgment, which was affirmed by the Seventh Circuit, on behalf of client against claims of national origin discrimination.
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- State Bar of Michigan
Honors + Awards
- Albion College, B.A., magna cum laude
- Illinois Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star 2009-present
"Uncontrollable Deviant Behavior: How Can Care-Giving Employers Manage the Risk of Their Employees Being Sexually Harassed by Residents in Their Care?," Health Lawyers News, May 2007
"2005 Update on Workplace Privacy Law," Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association (Contributor)
"2004 Update on Workplace Privacy Law," Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association (Contributor)