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Caroline K. Vickrey

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Caroline K. Vickrey is a trial lawyer with a multi-faceted career in both state and federal court.  She represents clients in health care, employment and general liability matters, including Chicago area hospitals and universities, doctors and nurses in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, nursing and mental health.  Ms. Vickrey has defended and won trials representing area hospitals, including several recent verdicts. She has handled cases on behalf of psychologists involving the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act and the Illinois Mental Health Code and has published on the topic. Ms. Vickrey also defends general liability matters involving Chicagoland hotels and sports facilities, and has represented and advised clients on the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Gender Violence Act, the Workplace Transparency Act, the Freedom to Work Act and the Wage Payment and Collections Act and other employment issues.  She has been appointed as a Special Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney in the civil division, representing Cook County medical providers.  Ms. Vickrey embraces the challenge of factually and procedurally complex litigation in new areas of law and relishes the opportunity to advocate on behalf of her clients in a variety of venues on a wide range of topics.

Ms. Vickrey previously practiced at the Illinois Attorney General's Office, where she worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor & Employment Division of the General Law Bureau, handling civil rights employment cases in federal court. Prior to that, she worked at Hefter & Radke, a boutique commercial litigation firm where she practiced commercial and municipal civil rights litigation.

Ms. Vickrey has always carved out time for politics, pro bono work and mentoring younger lawyers.  In 2015, she ran for Alderman of Chicago’s 43rd Ward, advancing to a runoff and earning the endorsements of many elected city officials.  In a 2017, she won a first-degree, double jury murder trial in the Cook County Criminal Division on behalf of her pro bono client. She serves as a mentor at Johnson & Bell, has served as an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University School of Law, and is a member of the 43rd Ward Judicial Review Board, interviewing and recommending judicial candidates for Illinois Circuit, Appellate and Supreme Court vacancies.

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Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois


Loyola University School of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois, B.A. in History


American Writer's Museum
Chicago Founder's Council
MidNorth Association, President
Oz Park Advisory Council, Director
Old Town Art Fair, Gate Captain


Loyola Law Journal, Editor of Student Articles

Presentations & Publications


Moderator, Genetics' Growing Interaction with the Law - Genetics 101, a presentation by Michael Caffrey, PhD, UIC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, May 5, 2021

Speaker, The Fortnightly Club of Chicago: How I Lost An Election But Still Came Out A Winner, October, 2016

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