Katherine A. Manuel

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Katherine Manuel is an experienced employment litigator who defends companies of all sizes in lawsuits and government agency matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, whistleblower, breach of contract, defamation, tort, medical leave and unfair competition claims.  Katherine also devotes a portion of her practice to counseling employers regarding various employment law issues (with a particular focus on leave of absence/accommodation issues), conducting on-site training and handling workplace investigations.  Katherine regularly represents and advises employers in the retail, higher education and hospitality industries.  Katherine has significant jury trial experience and routinely achieves dismissals for employers at summary judgment.

Since 2015, Super Lawyers has named Katherine an Illinois Rising Star, which is a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of Illinois attorneys under the age of 40 based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins in 2013, Ms. Manuel practiced at an employment litigation firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After more than 8 years in the Chicago office, Katherine transferred her practice to Ogletree Deakins’ San Francisco office in January 2022.  She is licensed to practice law in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Ms. Manuel has extensive experience drafting and arguing non-dispositive and dispositive motions and appeals, taking and defending depositions, mediating settlements, participating in administrative agency investigations, fact-finding conferences and hearings, and issuing and responding to discovery, in single and multi-plaintiff matters and class and collective actions. Ms. Manuel practices in both federal and state court, and her courtroom experience includes first chairing one jury trial, second-chairing three jury trials, and motion practice. Recently, in a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Eastern Division), Ms. Manuel won a defense verdict for the defendant university on the plaintiff’s retaliation claim.

Representative Matters at Ogletree Deakins

Employment Litigation



Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin


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