Core Values in Action

"Every conflict we face in life is rich with positive and negative potential. It can be a source of inspiration, enlightenment, learning, transformation and growth–or rage, fear, shame, entrapment and resistance. The choice is not up to our opponents, but to us, and our willingness to face and work through them." – Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith

Kellye Fabian is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group.

Kellye focuses her practice on all aspects of complex litigation including securities litigation, accountant and auditor malpractice, bankruptcy litigation, partnership and joint venture disputes, breach of contract cases, toxic tort and class action defense. She has significant experience in both prosecuting and defending employment discrimination and Section 1983 lawsuits.

Before joining Freeborn, Kellye worked on similar matters as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully brought a malpractice action against a real estate appraiser and recovered the defendant’s errors and omissions policy limit at the close of discovery.
  • Successfully represented a large manufacturing company in true lease/disguised financing litigation in the chapter 11 case of Gateway Ethanol, L.L.C. in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas.
  • Represented a large private company in multiple lawsuits against the managers of two private equity funds and the funds' President and CEO, among other defendants.  The suits involve claims that the plaintiff company was fraudulently induced into contributing hundreds of millions of dollars into the funds and that the defendants breached both their fiduciary duties and funds' operating agreements.
Honors & Awards: 
  • Fellow - Litigation Counsel of America
  • Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars - 2015 (cited in multiple years) 
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers - Emerging Lawyers - 2017 
Professional Activities: 
  • American Bar Association
  • Author, "Advice to Young Associates Who Want to Be Trial Lawyers," Litigation Magazine.
30 Jan News

Pinnacle Fitness and Recreation Management Win $3.6M in Compensatory and Punitive Damages against Jerry and Vickie Moyes Family Trust

On January 30, 2013, after two weeks of trial, and two days of deliberations, an eight-member jury empaneled in the Federal District for the Southern District of California rendered a unanimous verdict in favor of Pinnacle Fitness and Recreation Management, LLC on all nine of Pinnacle’s claims that were submitted to the jury, including breach of contract, fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
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Practice areas


J.D., DePaul University College of Law, with honors, Order of the Coif; Dean's Scholar; Recipient of the Edwin A. Robson Scholarship and the CALI Excellence Award in Civil Procedure and Securities Regulation; and Managing Editor of Lead Articles, DePaul Law Review
B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, with honors, Dean's List; Recipient of the Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship

State Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Federal Bar Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar0)
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Community Service

  • Vice-President and Board Member, Shama Ministries - a not-for-profit organization serving Chicago's inner-city communities
  • Co-Founder, Willow Creek Legal Aid Ministry, a pro bono organization in suburban Chicago which serves more than 1,000 low-income clients per year.