Kathleen Short


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Kathleen Short focuses her practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law. As a member of the Kogut & Wilson team for two years prior to joining the firm as an associate, Kathleen understands the complexities families face when navigating the court system and strives to help alleviate this stress by providing focused, long-term strategies aimed at achieving client goals in divorce, parentage and support matters.

As a certified mediator, Kathleen is able to offer clients an alternative method to dispute resolution and conflict management. Her experience as a mediator also gives clients insight into the mediation process as a whole.


Kathleen graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While in law school, Kathleen took part in Loyola’s Mediation Practicum, participating in the Center for Conflict Resolution’s forty-hour mediation training course. Through the Practicum and CCR, Kathleen conducted mediations for litigants involved in small claims matters at the Daley Center.

In addition to her involvement with the Practicum, Kathleen was a member of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, serving as a Lead Articles Editor. Passionate about the importance of advocacy skills development, Kathleen also served as a Legal Writing Academic Tutor for two years, assisting students in refining their legal writing and research abilities.

Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she served as the Vice President of Standards for the Panhellenic Executive Council and as the Vice President of Standards for Kappa Delta Sorority.


Earlier in her career, Kathleen interned with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, working with the Gangs and Narcotics Division, the Felony Victim-Witness Coordinators and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Kathleen also assisted as a Family Court intern.


Since 2021, Kathleen has been selected to Super Lawyers Magazine’s Illinois Rising Stars list – an honor awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys in the state under 40 years old.

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