Katrina Carroll is the founding partner of Carlson Lynch’s Chicago office and serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Executive Management Committee. She graduated from Northwestern University, with honors in political science in 1997, and in 2000, received her law degree from Seton Hall University. In 2018, Katrina was selected one of the top 25 class action lawyers in the State of Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers Association. She has also been named multiple times as a SuperLawyer, an honor based on extensive peer review.
Katrina devotes herself exclusively to fighting for workers, consumers and investors. Her experience includes products liability, privacy, antitrust and securities cases. Over the course of her career, she has recovered more than $1 billion for her clients. Prior to joining Carlson Lynch in 2019, Katrina was the managing partner of Lite DePalma Greenberg’s Chicago office. While at Lite DePalma, Katrina served as Co-Lead counsel in In Re: Rust-Oleum Restore Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL; N.D. Ill.), a sprawling products liability MDL class action. During the final hearing, the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, now a sitting justice on the Seventh Circuit, praised Ms. Carroll as a “model I wish all lawyers would follow.”
Katrina is involved in some of the most challenging class actions across the country today. One of her most significant cases, and one particularly close to her heart, is Steward v. Honeywell, where Katrina represents property owners in a small town contaminated by nuclear radiation.
In Katrina’s words: “I moved to the United States as a young child and was raised with traditional values emphasizing hard work, high standards, and maximizing opportunities. My ‘American dream’ was to become a lawyer and that dream is now my reality. Having forged a path as an immigrant, I understand what it is to be the underdog. Class action plaintiffs are underdogs who bring claims against enormous companies. Every case is the proverbial David and Goliath situation, and my clients know they have a strong advocate in their corner.”
Katrina is a recognized authority on class action law. She has spoken nationally at the American Bar Association Annual National Institute on Class Actions (2014), Perrin’s Class Action Litigation Conference (2015), the American Association for Justice Annual Convention (2016), Loyola University School of Law’s Consumer Law Review Academic Symposium (2017), Practicing Law Institute’s Consumer Financial Services Institute (2018), the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference (2018), the Class Action Mastery Program hosted by HB Litigation Conferences (2018) and Mass Torts Made Perfect (2019).
Katrina regularly mentors younger lawyers and advocates for diversity in the courtroom. In April 2018, she was a panelist at “May it Please the Court: Symposium on Women Lawyers in the Courtroom,” a prestigious event sponsored by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Bar Association. Katrina also serves on the Advisory Board of Loyola University School of Law’s Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.
When she is not litigating, Katrina enjoys spending time with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Asher and Brooke, and performing mediocre karaoke impersonations of Cher and Lady Gaga.
- State Bar of New Jersey, 2000
- State Bar of Illinois, 2007
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2000
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2007
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2007
- Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor, June 2000
- Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with honors, June 1997
- Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyers in the State of Illinois, National Trial Lawyers Association: 2018 — present
- Illinois Super Lawyers: 2018 — present
- Advisory Board of Loyola University School of Law Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, (2017 — present)
- American Bar Association, Member
- Chicago Bar Association, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- The John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, Member (2003)