Kathryn R. Vaughan


Dually licensed in Massachusetts and Illinois, Kathryn has zealously represented individuals, private businesses, and insurance companies nationwide, in both the federal and state court systems. Following law school, Kathryn sharpened her litigation skills at a Massachusetts’ insurance defense firm before returning to her home state of Illinois.

Upon returning to Illinois, Kathryn was employed at a personal injury and medical malpractice firm. She was the sole attorney responsible for the majority of the firm’s medical malpractice and premises liability cases.

At Patton & Ryan, Kathryn’s practice has centered on the defense against lawsuits involving a variety of claims, including product liability, medical malpractice and medical device litigation, and premises liability. She has also defended claims under general and professional liability policies.

As a member of multiple Patton & Ryan trial teams, Kathryn has successfully litigated numerous complex, catastrophic, high exposure tort cases in Cook County, Sangamon County, Macon County, and Tazewell County in Illinois.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, B.A., 2008
  • New England Law Boston J.D., 2011


  • Massachusetts, 2011
  • Illinois, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2015


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association