Mary Kathryn Curry is dedicated to helping clients efficiently and effectively address their employment compliance and litigation needs. As a member of the firm's Employment Advice and Investigations group, Mary Kathryn represents employers across a variety of industries and includes experience working on employment related cases, from discrimination and harassment claims, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and restrictive covenant issues. Her experience in federal and state courts has sharpened her ability to provide effective and practical legal counsel to the employers she represents.
Mary Kathryn brings a unique perspective to the firm’s Labor and Employment practice, having spent ten years in both federal and state court as a judicial clerk. During her tenure with the courts she gained first-hand experience into the litigation process, providing her with a depth of knowledge that expands beyond employment matters to commercial disputes, fraud claims, business torts and breach of contract claims. Mary Kathryn has extensive mediation experience, assisting parties settle employment disputes as well as many different types of complex commercial actions.
Mary Kathryn uses her litigation experience to counsel employers on day-to-day issues to keep them compliant while balancing business needs. She works directly with human resources teams to ensure compliance with laws governing the workplace, to assist with trainings, and to conduct workplace investigations. She has also advised clients on both pay equity analyses and with affirmative action plans and OFCCP investigations.
Mary Kathryn has been actively involved in the Chicago legal community during her career. In 2013-2014 she recently served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, leading 9,000 members and over 50 community service projects, including coordinating a legal education program with the Barreau de Paris in France. She was frequently a columnist for The Record, writing on the future of the legal profession and trends in the industry. Mary Kathryn believes in supporting the community through the work of the Chicago Bar Foundation, where she previously served on the board. She also served as a board member of the Federal Bar Association and continues as a member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Women, where she co-chairs the Mentoring Circles program. Fluent in French and a proud Francophile, Mary Kathryn also enjoyed her many years on the board of Groupe Professionnel Francophone.