Catherine R. Brukalo

Of Counsel

Litigation, Personal Injury, Probate, Family Law

Catherine engages in the general practice of law, with emphasis on litigation, including civil and criminal, with a certain focus on death, malpractice, and injury cases, domestic relations matters, and probate contests, including guardianships. She also works with families in estate planning and serves on Guardian Ad Litem rosters in Lake and McHenry Counties.

Catherine regularly handles matters in the Circuit Courts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties, and has worked with cases on appeal and in the federal court system. Her experience and abilities enable her to efficiently and effectively address complex matters in and out of the courtroom, with cases ranging into millions of dollars in value. Catherine also advises individuals and businesses and handles matters involving worker’s compensation and business transactions, including agreements and leases.

Catherine offers her clients native Polish language proficiency and is regularly published on legal matters in a Polish-language newspaper. As well, she writes and speaks in the legal community on topics ranging from the handling of digital assets in probate to the improvement of the civil justice system.

In the legal community, Catherine is a respected member of various organizations, through which she helps establish policy, facilitates judicial evaluations, and coordinates civics education. She is an elected member of the Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association, an elected officer of the Advocates Society, and an elected executive board member of the Nicolaus Copernicus School of Polish Language.


  • B.A., Northwestern University
  • M.A., University College London
  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School

Admissions & Distinctions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Certified Mediator
  • 2018 Elected Treasurer, Advocates Society
  • 2017 Elected Member, Assembly, Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2017 Elected Director, Nicolaus Copernicus School of Polish Language
  • 2017 Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • 2016 Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • 2015 Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers


  • Advocates Society
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • Niles Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Polish American Police Association

Highly skilled & knowledgeable lawyers who work hard for you.