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2023 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In the estate-planning world, 2023 provided an opportunity to make quick and strategic decisions. Katten's Private Wealth practice carefully reviewed the year and offered a look ahead in its year-end estate planning advisory.

Katten Helps to Defend Steve Madden Against Doc Martens Complaint in Trade Dress Lawsuit in Oregon Federal Court

As featured in Law360 and with support from Katten’s Intellectual Property team, Katten's client Steve Madden filed an Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims to a Complaint filed by plaintiffs AirWair International Ltd. and Dr. Martens in a trade dress lawsuit regarding each footwear brand's combat-style boot designs.

Want to Leave Your Employment? That Will Cost You!

Heading into bonus season in the UK, Katten attorneys Christopher Hitchins, Brigitte Weaver and trainee solicitor Maxime Chevot examined lessons learned from a recent case before the ICC on considerations for employers when using bonus clawback mechanisms to protect their interests.

Social Services Strengthened in Chicago Area With Merger Facilitated by Katten

To better position two mission-aligned organizations devoted to serving people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and living with mental illness, a team from Katten helped facilitate a merger between Sertoma Centre and New Star.

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion for Certain Physician Employee Bonuses

On October 13, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued Advisory Opinion No. 23-07, endorsing a plan for physicians at a multi-specialty practice to receive bonuses based on a portion of net profits from outpatient surgical procedures at their ambulatory surgical centers.

Katten Honors Attorneys for Providing Pro Bono Services

Katten honored 13 attorneys at its annual Pro Bono Service Awards, held at firm offices throughout the United States and in London. These awards, coinciding with the American Bar Association's National Celebration of Pro Bono, recognize attorneys for their outstanding pro bono service and ongoing dedication to supporting those in need.

Five Takeaways From Bellwether AI Copyright Case

In an article for Law360, partner Michael Justus reviews the key issues to watch following summary judgment in Thomson Reuters Enterprise Centre GmbH v. ROSS Intelligence Inc., the ruling regarding fair use of copyrighted material to train generative artificial intelligence models.

Creative Thinkers

Katten Announces John P. Sieger Excellence in Mentoring Award Winners

The firm awarded its John P. Sieger Excellence in Mentoring Award, created to celebrate the mentorship legacy of the firm's late Insolvency and Restructuring practice chair and longtime partner John P. Sieger, to partner Kenya S. Woodruff and paralegal Tyson Lamoreaux.

Katten Boosts New York Insolvency and Restructuring Team With Addition of Lucy Kweskin

Lucy F. Kweskin has joined Katten as a partner in the Insolvency and Restructuring practice in New York, growing the strong team there.

Katten Named 2024 "Law Firm of the Year" for Trademark Law by Best Law Firms®

Katten is proud to have been chosen as "Law Firm of the Year" for Trademark Law in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms in America. In total, Katten was ranked in 30 national and 65 metropolitan practice areas.

The National Law Journal Honors Johnjerica Hodge and India Williams as DC Rising Stars

The National Law Journal has named Johnjerica Hodge and India Williams to its 2023 list of DC Rising Stars. This recognition honors the 40 most promising lawyers under 40 in the Washington, DC region.

Katten Named One of the 2023 Best Places to Work in North Texas

Katten was designated a finalist in the 2023 Best Places to Work in North Texas contest for the fourth year in a row by the Dallas Business Journal.

Katten Kattwalk Celebrates 10 Years of Publication

In a special 10th anniversary issue of Katten Kattwalk, attorneys cover the latest in fashion law and revisit topics explored over the last decade.

Katten Ranked in Chambers UK 2024 Guide

Attorneys Prav Reddy and Peter Sugden were named as notable practitioners in the 2024 edition of the Chambers UK guide, and the firm was recognized in the London Real Estate: £10-50 million and UK-wide Hotels & Leisure practice areas.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Again Recognized for Seeking Greater Diversity and Inclusion

For the third consecutive year, Katten has been designated a Mansfield Certified Plus firm, signaling its continued commitment to diversify law firm leadership and foster a culture of belonging.

Katten Celebrates Black History Month in the UK With David Olusoga

Katten welcomed award-winning author, highly regarded historian and accomplished broadcaster David Olusoga as a guest speaker in honor of the UK's Black History Month. A professor of public history at the University of Manchester, Olusoga is a British Nigerian historian, presenter, BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and a columnist for The Observer and BBC History Magazine in addition to writing for The Guardian.

Katten Receives Change Agent Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

Katten was selected by the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms as the recipient of the 2023 Diversity Award in the Change Agent category. The award recognizes the firm for its mentoring, professional development programs, work allocation systems, DEI billable hour credits and/or partner business development programs.

Katten Hosts Clinic for Asylum Seekers With National Immigrant Justice Center

For the second consecutive year, Katten's Chicago office hosted a clinic with the National Immigrant Justice Center to assist migrants seeking asylum in the United States, with 10 participating attorneys and eight business professionals who acted as interpreters.

Katten Recognized as One of the "Best Law Firms for Women and Diversity"

Katten announced is among 50 law firms that earned a spot on Seramount's "Best Law Firms for Women & Diversity." Katten has been recognized among the Best Law Firms for Women more than 10 times since the list's inception in 2007, earning the firm the Hall of Fame distinction.

Diversity is a reality. Inclusion is a choice.

We choose inclusion.

We are committed to having the brightest lawyers on our team, and we recognize that the best talent is diverse in many ways, including gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, and ability.

Recognizing that our attorneys are at the heart of our business

If you're seeking to join a firm where you can enjoy exceptional career opportunities, as well as the resources to help you take your personal and professional goals to the next level, take a closer look at Katten.

Case Studies

First Independent Swap Data Repository Is Granted CFTC Registration

Financial Markets and Funds attorneys Carl Kennedy, James Brady, and Gary DeWaal led the team successfully guiding KOR — a trade data processing and management platform for derivatives markets — in its registration application with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The approval marked several firsts, the first registration for an independent and cloud-native swap data repository (SDR); the CFTC's first SDR registered in eight years; and the first SDR registration approval by the CFTC since the agency amended its SDR rules in 2020. The registration enabled KOR to provide full SDR service for all asset classes and client segments.

KOR claims it has created a uniquely modern, user friendly approach to complying with reporting obligations.

Record Award in False Advertising Case

Partners Terence Ross, Shaya Rochester, Michael Justus and Tami Sims led the Katten litigation team that successfully represented communications and software company Windstream Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Windstream) in a seven-count complaint against Charter Communications Inc. and Charter Communications Operating, LLC (together, Charter), a competitor of Windstream. Steven Reisman, Chair of Katten’s New York Insolvency and Restructuring Practice, is Windstream’s principal attorney at Katten and represents Windstream in matters unrelated to the litigation against Charter.

Marathon Music Royalties Dispute Ends in Estate Victory

Zia F. Modabber, Managing Partner of Katten’s California offices and leader of Katten’s Entertainment and Media Litigation practice, Partner Tami Kameda Sims and Associate Leah E.A. Solomon, along with co-counsel at Kinsella Weitzman and Greines Martin, successfully represented Michael Jackson’s Estate in a seven-year long dispute over royalties from Jackson’s albums Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad.