Colette Kopon Tressler LLP

Kopon, Colette L. Partner

Kopon, Colette L. Partner

Practice Focus

Colette Kopon is a partner in Tressler’s General Defense Litigation Practice Group. She handles a range of complex civil litigation matters, including advising and defending clients in all aspects of employment disputes and litigation. Colette’s trial practice also includes internal investigations, crisis management, defamation, fraud, product liability, personal injury, class actions and insurance coverage matters. She represents clients in a variety of industries and not-for-profit ministries, including education, healthcare, retail and insurance.

is a frequent speaker on topics related to her legal practice and has been named a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers and an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers.

Professional Background

Colette Kopon moved her robust practice to Tressler LLP in 2021. Prior to private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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Presentations & Events

Representative Experience

Recent Decisions
  • McManus v. Saint Mary’s College, 2020 WL 554007 (N.D. Ind. Feb. 4, 2020)
  • Moore v. Magiera Diesel Injection Services, Inc., 2019 WL 2502029 (N.D. Ill. June 17, 2019)
  • Urbaniak v. Am. Drug Stores, LLC, 2019 IL App (1st) 180248
  • In re SoyNut Butter Co., No. 17 B 14970, 2018 WL 3689549 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. Aug. 1, 2018)


In addition to the customized client training Colette provides, below are some of her most recent presentations:

“Employment Law Update: Fall 2021,” Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2021

“ADA and the Interactive Process: Practice Guidance on How to Handle Employment Medical Issues,” Chicago, Illinois, October 27, 2021

“2021 Law Update: Law in the Time of a New Supreme Court, New President, and a Post-Pandemic World,” Chicago, Illinois, October 26, 2021

“Stay in Your Lane: Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in Schools,” Chicago, Illinois, August 30, 2021

“Legal and Practical Tips for Religious Institutes in Employment Matters in the Era of COVID-19,” Chicago, Illinois, October 23, 2020

“Employment Law Update for 2020: Information that Every Employer Needs to Know,” Chicago, Illinois, October 22, 2020

“Sweeping Changes to Illinois Employment Laws in 2020,” Chicago, Illinois, January 30, 2020

“Crisis Response: Preparing for and Reacting to Worst Case Scenarios,” Chicago, Illinois,  January 16, 2020

“Legal Overview for Religious Institutes in 2019,”  Dallas, Texas, October 1, 2019

“Fingerprints to Faceprints: An employer’s guide to the wild world of biometrics,” Chicago, Illinois, April 16, 2019

“Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct in the Workplace,”  Chicago, Illinois, March 21, 2019 

“Federal Court: Issue Spotting & the Power of Legal Research,” Chicago, Illinois,  January 14, 2019

“From Service Animals to Comfort Pets: What You Need to Know,” Romeoville, Illinois, October 4, 2018

“Medical and Recreational Marijuana in the Workplace,” Chicago, Illinois, June 26, 2018

“Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct in the Workplace,” Romeoville, Illinois,  April 12, 2018

“Trust Me: I’m a Lawyer - Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Unauthorized Practice of Law,” Deerfield, Illinois, December 14, 2017