Kathryn C. Casey, CELA

Kathryn (Katie) C. Casey

“I enjoy escorting my clients from problem to solution, helping them plan their future, and giving them peace of mind.”

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Elder Law Certification

Certified Elder Law Attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation


Katie is one of only a few Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Illinois. She has practiced exclusively in elder law since 2004. Her practice includes probate and trust administration, estate planning, special needs planning, long term care planning, Medicaid applications, and nursing home issues. She devotes a substantial portion of her time to helping families plan for the care of a loved one with a chronic care need. Katie represents her clients with a continuity of care that extends from the creation of a long term care plan through the execution, implementation, and administration of that plan.

Katie is a dedicated bike commuter and enjoys riding 20 miles roundtrip to the office each day. She also enjoys gardening on the weekends. Katie and her husband, a professor of philosophy at a local state university, reside in Chicago.


Katie has been licensed to practice law since 2001. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, she practiced with the Cook County Public Guardian where she represented the Public Guardian in disabled adult guardianship estates and where she served as the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for abused and neglected minors in child protection proceedings. With the Public Guardian, Katie gained a wealth of experience representing clients with sensitive legal problems, administering complex estates, navigating challenging care issues, and litigating difficult cases of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.


  • Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law
  • Master of Arts in English Literature from DePaul University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Virginia Tech

Professional Memberships

  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, National and Illinois Chapter
  • Illinois State Bar Association's Elder Law Section
  • Chicago Bar Association’s Probate and Elder Law Committees


  • In 2016 and 2017, Katie was named one of the “Top 10 Elder Law Attorneys in Illinois” and a “Top Leading Women Lawyer” by the Leading Lawyers Network, and also a “Top Elder Lawyer” by Chicago Lawyer.



  • “In Sickness and in Health: Estate Planning for Married Couples” – coauthored for IICLE’s 13th Annual Elder Law Short Course
  • “Retirement Benefits in Medicaid Planning” – authored for IICLE’s 12th Annual Elder Law Short Course
  • “Advanced Issues in Tax and Medicaid Planning with Retirement Benefits” – authored for IICLE’s 8th Annual Elder Law Short Course
  • “Contested Guardianships – Pre-Trial Prep: Discovery and Pre-Trial Discovery Motions – coauthored for IICLE’s 5th Annual Elder Law Short Course
  • “Life Care, Estate, and Retirement Planning: Beyond the Documents” – authored for IICLE’s Advanced Issues in Long Term Care
  • “How to Combat the Financial Abuse of Elders” – authored for IICLE’s Basics of Elder Law
  • “Life Care Planning Beyond Estate Management” – authored for ISBA’s Elder Law Issues for Everyone
  • “Elder Financial Exploitation & Legal Interventions and Remedies” – authored for Lorman
  • “The Basics of Probating a Decedent's Estate: How to Protect the Disabled Person's Interests"
  • “When Good Powers of Attorney for Health Care Go Bad,” “Guardianship Matters," and “Our Disabled Children and Grandchildren – authored for Chicago Hospital News


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