One Team.

Making your mission ours.

We place a strong emphasis on teamwork, which enables us to leverage the breadth and depth of knowledge of all our attorneys, paralegals, and staff.

Catherine R. Locallo

Partner, Chicago and Lisle

ph: 312-332-7760

Practice Areas: Board Governance, Education, Labor & Employment

Catherine R. Locallo

Catherine R. Locallo, a distinguished legal professional, has devoted her career to the realms of labor and employment law, focusing on education and board governance matters. Her commitment is exemplified by her role as a counselor to employers, offering comprehensive guidance on employment law intricacies, collective bargaining, labor relations, and compliance with various acts, including the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act. 

Catherine’s strengths lie in her client-focused approach, problem-solving skills, and the ability to build strong relationships. Her enjoyment stems from problem-solving and the opportunity to foster improved relations between management and labor.

Catherine’s journey into law began with a significant role as a paralegal before transitioning to become an attorney. Her early career as a paralegal influenced her decision to pursue law, a path that led her to join Robbins Schwartz in 2004. She worked diligently while attending law school at night and was admitted to the bar in 2009. Catherine’s dedication to education law led her to become a partner at Robbins Schwartz in 2017.

Catherine’s upbringing, with her father as an attorney, has instilled a strong work ethic that influences her approach to the law. Beyond her legal endeavors, she is a hockey mom, team manager, and a Peloton enthusiast. A lesser-known fact about Catherine is her passion for running marathons, a tribute to her best friend Farrah, who passed away from Leukemia when she was seven years old.


  • Honorable Gerald L. Sbarbaro Mentoring Award (2023)
  • Illinois “Rising Star,” Employment & Labor Law (2015-2018)


  • J.D., cum laude, The John Marshall Law School; Order of John Marshall
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • 1st Vice President, Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Co-Chair, Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Fund Scholarship Committee
  • Member, Oakton Community College Paralegal Advisory Committee
  • Member, Triton College School of Business Advisory Legal Committee
  • President, Board of Directors, Glenview Stars Hockey Association
  • UNICO National

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Legal, Legislative and Ethics Update, ICCTA Illinois Council of Community College Presidents Meeting (November 2022)
  • You’re On the Board, Now Elevate Your Game, ICCTA Annual Conference (November 2021)