Kate Middleton represents clients nationwide in complex commercial litigation. Kate’s practice centers on restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation across several industries, including the health and life sciences, and franchising and distribution.

Kate is passionate about the health and life sciences industry. She regularly represents HLSI clients ⸺ device manufacturers, tech and software companies, hospital systems, and pharmacies in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including multidistrict litigation involving prescription opiates and medical devices, restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation, and actions for injunctive relief.

Kate is also a valued member of Faegre Drinker’s Digital Health Team. She is committed to addressing client needs concerning the use of artificial intelligence in health care, and speaks and publishes on the topic.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois


Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D. International Law Review (senior editor) (2011)

University of North Carolina
B.A. in International Studies and French, with highest honors (2006)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Kate has an extensive pro bono practice representing veterans in benefits and discharge upgrade claims and related litigation before the Court of Federal Claims.

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers®— "Ones to Watch," Commercial Litigation, 2021-22
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Illinois Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016, 2019
  • Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium — Fellow
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court

Awards Methodology

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