Katheleen A. Ehrhart is a Partner in the Litigation Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. She was a Partner at Freeborn & Peters, which combined with SGR in 2023.
First and foremost, Ms. Ehrhart is a litigator and has tried cases and arbitrations in federal and state courts throughout the United States. As one client has described, “(Kathy’s) cross-examinations are strict and unfaltering, and she irritates counterparties with her thorough preparation.” In this role, Ms. Ehrhart represents a variety of individuals, corporations, business and professional firms. She is well-versed in and enjoys representing both the Davids and Goliaths of the world.
She has extensive experience working with executives, senior management, and in-house counsel of corporations in managing litigation as well as advising on litigation risks and strategy. Clients also rely on Ms. Ehrhart for her talent in working with experts, in particular with damages modeling and bringing together the necessary links between mathematics and the law.
Her areas of focus include complex commercial litigation with particular emphasis on restrictive covenant cases, class actions, reinsurance, antitrust, securities fraud, accountant liability, employment and breach of contract claims.
While at Freeborn (now SGR), Ms. Ehrhart served as the Co-Leader of the Insurance Brokerage Team. Before joining Freeborn, Ms. Ehrhart was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP focusing on similar matters.
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
Co-Author, “Boland and Ehrhart Share Key Takeaways from First Virtual Bench Hearing in Cook County,” Powerhouse Points – A Quarterly Litigation Update (Fall 2020).
Guest, Legal Rebels Podcast, “Bench trial by video? This lawyer says it went better than expected” ABA Journal (August 19, 2020).
Speaker, “Wading into Flood Insurance,” AIRROC Chicago Regional Education Day (June 12, 2018).
Speaker, Women in Law & Leadership Summit: Chicago (June 6, 2018).
“Policing the Workforce and Litigating Employment cases in the High Tech Era of Social Networking, Blogging and Texting,” Chicago Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee.
Co-Author, “To Arbitrate or to not Arbitrate—That is the Question,” Bench & Bar Newsletter, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 47, No. 11 (June 2017).
Speaker, “Head Injuries and Sports: Emerging Claims Issues,” AIRROC Membership Meeting (March 2013).