Katherine Smith Dedrick, JD MBA

Katherine Smith Dedrick has more than 30 years of experience as a commercial litigator and corporate counselor. She’s handled hundreds of matters and appeared before the Illinois Supreme Court and as lead counsel before numerous state and federal courts across the county, arbitration panels and mediators. Ms. Smith Dedrick has advised clients regarding commercial contracts, business transactions, insurance matters, and risk management.

Ms. Smith Dedrick’s experience includes a significant number of insurance coverage, claim management, claim recovery and bad faith matters. She has broad experience in the insurance industry, as she’s represented both insurers and policyholders and her experience is across all lines including property, liability, business interruption, remediation stop loss, environmental liability, professional, D&O, E&O and excess. She’s been an expert witness regarding complex insurance matters, including bad faith and claim handling practices.

She has significant alternative dispute resolution experience as a party representative in arbitrations and mediations. She’s a commercial neutral with the American Arbitration Association, an arbitrator with FINRA and a Fellow of the Certified Institute of Arbitrators. She has mediation experience in both the US and other countries.

In addition to her law degree, Ms. Smith Dedrick earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, studying in the U.S., Barcelona and Singapore. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association. She has been nominated as a Super Lawyer for numerous years and was one of the 2013 Top Women Attorneys for Illinois. She’s received the Business Insurance Women to Watch Award, the Mercedes Mentor Award and the Women With Vision (Law) Award from the Women’s Bar Association.

Ms. Smith Dedrick was an equity partner at a well-known national law firm and served on its managing arm, and as chair of numerous other committees. She later became an equity partner at a boutique firm, and co-founder of a consulting company with a joint venture based in New Zealand, where she spent significant time.


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