Betsy Katten is knowledge management counsel for the firm's labor and employment relations practice group.
Ms. Katten is responsible for development, maintenance, and oversight of the department's work product management systems. She also assists with coordinating client development, training, and communication activities. Ms. Katten is further responsible for coordination of development and professional training efforts for the practice group. She also serves as a member of the firms’ knowledge management team.
In addition to her training in general labor and employment relations counseling and litigation, Ms. Katten has particular experience in disabilities law issues. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Katten managed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) project at a Chicago legal clinic as the recipient of a national fellowship. She has litigated employment and labor law in federal and state courts, and before the Chicago and Cook County Commissions on Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Commission on Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board.
Ms. Katten currently serves as the vice president and secretary of the Board of Directors for the Pamela B. Katten Memorial Leukemia Research Foundation. She is an executive trustee of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ms. Katten has also participated as part of Team in Training, a fund-raising arm of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in three recent Chicago marathons.
Ms. Katten served as a co-chair and commissioner for the Evanston Human Relations Commission from 2006-2009. She also has served as a volunteer wish granter for the Starlight Foundation and as a volunteer for Washington University’s Parents and Alumni Admissions Program. Ms. Katten is a member of her local PTA.
Ms. Katten received a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, in 1991 from Washington University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1994, where she was a member of the Northwestern University National Trial Team.