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Laura A. Castagna joined Kelly Law Offices as an associate in 2011. Ms. Castagna earned her Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis in May, 2011. She also received a Masters of Art from the University of Illinois at Springfield in May 2007 and her Bachelors of Art from Eastern Illinois University in May 2004.

While in law school, she was a CALI Award recipient, awarded the “Best Brief” in an intra-school Moot Court competition, and was an executive board member of the Global Studies Law Review.

Ms. Castagna is admitted to the Illinois Bar and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the McLean County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Ms. Castagna is originally from Toulon, IL.

Associations:

Illinois State Bar Association

  • Elected to ISBA Assembly for the 11th Judicial Circuit 2016-present
  • Appointed Council Member of Tort Law Section, 2012-present
  • Appointed Council Member of Young Lawyers’ Division, 2012-2013

McLean County Bar Association

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

Publications:

Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases: “Damages in a Wrongful Death Case: Plaintiff’s Perspective”, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, (2012), (2016) (co-author)

“Five Things to Know About Remititur and Additur,” Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association (January 2019) (co-author)

“Carlson v. Jerousek: Second District Finds Right to Privacy Outweighs Needs of Civil Discovery,” Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association (February 2018) (co-author)

“Ghosts of the Past: Legal Relics Lurking in the Civil Justice System,” Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association (November 2016) (co-author)

“Strict Application of Supreme Court Rule 191(a) Trips Up Litigants on Appeal,” Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association (April 2016) (co-author)

“Third District Explores Foundational Pitfalls and the Prejudicial Effect of Demonstrative Evidence,” Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association (September 2014) (co-author)