Caitlin Alejandrina Kovacs


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Member


Massey & Gail LLP
50 East Washington Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602

Office: 312.283.1590
Direct: 312.379.0955
Fax: 312.379.0467

Caitlin Kovacs is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer, having represented dozens of clients in “bet-the-company” litigation in both state and federal courts. Her clients have included many leading business corporations and executives. Her practice spans a wide array of subject matters, such as breach of contract, fraud, products liability, restructuring, False Claims Act, and tax issues. She has also represented a number of clients involved in both internal and government-initiated investigations involving the SEC and DOJ.

Caitlin also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in such matters as Section 1983 claims and immigration.

Before joining Massey & Gail, Caitlin was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Caitlin began her career there after graduating from Northwestern University School of Law.

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law J.D., cum laude, 2013; President of the Latino Law Students Association; Executive Articles Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Northwestern University, cum laude, 2007
  • Judicial Extern, The Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • Client CLE, presented on “Pitfalls & Perils: The Current Ethical Landscape Facing In-House Counsel” (September 2022)
  • Rising Star, Business Litigation (2023) — Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 40 & Under Hot List, Securities and Product Liability (2023) — Benchmark Litigation
  • Student and PILI fellow of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions
  • Spanish
  • Secured summary judgment for Nuveen in over half a billion-dollar defamation case involving the high yield municipal bond market.
  • Counsel for Boeing in litigation arising out of the Sea Launch venture. In 2016, after six years of litigation in four countries, Boeing won summary judgment as plaintiff against three companies controlled by the Russian and Ukrainian governments. The total judgment in Boeing’s favor exceeded $500 million. This victory was recognized by The American Lawyer as a Transatlantic Litigation matter of the year for 2016.
  • Counsel for BP in putative class action arising out of the storage of its petroleum product. Won motion to dismiss all six claims against BP.
  • Counsel for Nine West Holdings in trial seeking confirmation of plan of reorganization, involving claims of alleged breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer and other causes of action regarding the 2014 leveraged buyout of the company. Case settled favorably after one week of trial.
  • Counsel for Wayfair in purported class actions involving allegations of product defect, consumer fraud, and warrantability claims. Won motion to compel arbitration following contested evidentiary hearing.
  • Counsel for Polaris in product liability suit, including in Polaris’s appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding whether a written internal investigation report marked privileged and confidential and solely prepared by a D.C. law firm was protected by the attorney client privilege in its entirety.
  • Counsel for Allied Power in case brought by energy services competitor alleging theft of confidential information and unfair business practices. During deposition discovery, sought and won a stay of the preliminary injunction proceeding on behalf of Allied. Case settled favorably during stay.
  • Counsel for Polaris in putative California class action related to its marketing and regulatory compliance.
  • Represented a multinational medical device company in internal investigation involving allegations of potential kickbacks and off-label marketing.
  • Represented major chemical company in SEC investigation into federal reporting issues.
  • Represented government contractor against False Claims Act allegations by the Department of Justice.
  • Represented major vehicle manufacturer in DOJ and SEC investigation involving fraud allegations.