Blake Kolesa

Associate ( Chicago )

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Bio

A litigator with experience on both sides of complex cases, Blake Kolesa represents businesses facing high-stakes commercial disputes and government investigations.  A significant portion of his work is devoted to pro bono litigation, particularly appeals of wrongful convictions. Blake enjoys getting to know the ins and outs of the facts and science behind every case; preparing and deposing witnesses is one of his favorite parts of practice.

In addition to previous experience as a plaintiff’s mass tort and class actions attorney, clients value Blake's perspective and insights gained in the chambers of Illinois trial and appellate courts.

As a law student at Loyola, Blake was a fellow of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and welcomed prospective students as an admissions representative. Before his legal career, he was a community organizer in rural, downstate Illinois.

Experience

Clerkships

Judicial Extern, Hon. Michael Hyman, Illinois Appellate Court, First District (2020)
Judicial Extern, Hon. Celia Gamrath, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division (2019)

Credentials

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2021, cum laude
Executive Editor, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal
Teaching Assistant, Torts, Contracts, & Criminal Law

Northwestern University, B.S., Education and Social Policy

Bar Admissions

Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council

Publications & Presentations

“First-Generation Attorney Panel,” (co-panelist) UIC First-Generation Law Student Association (FGLSA) General Body Zoom Meeting (October 5, 2022)

Community Service

Legal Aid Chicago, Ambassadors Board & Pro Bono Panel (2022)
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Associate Board (2022)
ACLU of Illinois Next Generation Society (2022)
Northwestern University Marching and Band Alumni Association
Executive Vice President (2021-2023)
President (2023-2025)