Kathleen McDonough Joins Wilson Elser’s Chicago Office as a Partner; National Platform and Breadth of Services Lures the Former Managing Partner

Share Article

National law firm Wilson Elser announced today that Kathleen McDonough, a former managing partner and general counsel at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner.

Kathleen McDonough joins Wilson Elser

The addition of Kathleen to the firm will bolster the practices and the quality service we provide our clients, and we expect Kathleen’s extraordinary leadership qualities and her experience managing a firm to benefit all aspects of the partnership.

National law firm Wilson Elser announced today that Kathleen McDonough, a former managing partner and general counsel at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner.

McDonough brings to Wilson Elser more than 20 years as a practicing attorney, handling corporate and transactional work and general litigation matters, including product liability, complex commercial litigation, class actions, employment and transportation cases.

“Kathleen is one of the sharpest, most accomplished attorneys I know,” shared Daniel J. McMahon, Wilson Elser chairman. “Her addition to the firm will bolster the practices and the quality service we provide our clients, and we expect Kathleen’s extraordinary leadership qualities and her experience managing a firm to benefit all aspects of the partnership.”

McDonough represents small to mid-size companies from a spectrum of industries, including retail, manufacturing, insurance and transportation, on a broad range of matters. She often serves as her clients’ outside general counsel handling everything from product liability and employment matters to negotiating sales agreements and vendor contracts.

“Kathleen is truly accomplished in many areas of the law,” explained Dave Holmes, regional managing partner of Wilson Elser’s Chicago office, “and the fact that her insured clients often retain her to represent them directly is a testament to the counsel she provides, her professionalism and her personality. People in business prefer to work with lawyers they trust and like.”

Highly respected by the legal industry and her peers, McDonough has received accolades throughout her career. In 2012, she was featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s “Women in Law,” which honors 15 attorneys who have made and continue to make an impact on the legal profession. She also was honored that year with the Chicago Kent College of Law Professional Achievement Award in recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to the school and the legal community. Other honors include recognition as an Illinois Leading Lawyer and selection for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers.

McDonough is actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Chicago-Kent Board of Overseers, DRI, the Trucking Industry Defense Association and the Society of Women in Law, where she volunteers on the mentorship program. She also has provided pro bono counsel to disabled children in the reinstatement of Supplemental Social Security Income benefits through the Chicago Volunteer Legal Society.

McDonough graduated cum laude with her B.A. degree from Saint Mary's College (1991) and earned her J.D. degree from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (1994).

The addition of McDonough brings the number of notable lateral hires firmwide over the past 15 months to nearly 60. In addition, the number of offices has expanded to 30 with new offices in Edwardsville, Illinois; Austin and Beaumont, Texas; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

About Wilson Elser
Wilson Elser, a full-service and leading defense litigation law firm (http://www.wilsonelser.com), serves its clients with nearly 800 attorneys in 30 offices in the United States and one in London. Founded in 1978, it ranks among the top 200 law firms identified by The American Lawyer and is included in the top 50 of The National Law Journal's survey of the nation’s largest law firms. Wilson Elser serves a growing, loyal base of clients with innovative thinking and an in-depth understanding of their respective businesses.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Esther Rose
Wilson Elser
+1 (914) 872-7379
Email >
Visit website