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Stacey Petrek

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Stacey Petrek is an Associate in the firm's Litigation Group. She represents clients in complex commercial matters at both the state and federal level. She is experienced in handling a wide range of matters, including insurance coverage disputes, breach of contract actions, business tort claims, trade secret cases, class action defense, and white collar crime and government investigations.

She regularly drafts a wide variety of memoranda, briefs, motions and pleadings, including summary judgment briefs, interpleader and FOIA complaints, motions to exclude, and research memoranda on legal questions pertaining to commercial litigations. She also has experience with mediation in the insurance context, having served as lead associate in a matter in which she prepared statements and reviewed and analyzed documents pre-discovery. 

Publications and Presentations
A sampling of Ms. Petrek's published articles includes:

  • Co-Author, “Insurance and the Concept of Fortuity,” published by the Defense Research Institute, Dec. 2020.
  • Co-Author, “It’s Time to Talk About Standby Revocable Trusts,” published in Trusts & Estates, a peer review journal, Nov. 2018.
  • Co-Author, "Lessons Public Figure Clients Can Learn From Prince’s Estate," published in Trusts & Estates, a peer review journal, Aug. 2016.
  • Contributor, “Less Bang! For Your Copyright Buck: DaVinci v. Ziko Reaffirms the Limitations of Copyright to Protect Games,” E-Commerce Law Reports, 16, No. 3 (2016).

Prior to joining Goldberg Kohn in July 2022, Ms. Petrek practiced as a litigation associate at a preeminent insurance coverage firm as well as with a global law firm where she handled breach of contract actions, business torts, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property, trade secret, copyright and trademark infringement cases, class action defense, product liability cases, and white collar criminal and governmental investigations. 

From September 2019 to August 2020, Ms. Petrek was a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Raymond W. Mitchell of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Chancery Division.

Ms. Petrek earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2017. While there, she was a research assistant for Prof. Martha C. Nussbaum and served as a student volunteer at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. In addition, she participated in the University of Chicago Law School’s 2016 "Money in Law and Literature Conference," presenting "'Stephen, how like you this play?': Examining the Influence of Money on the Artist in James Joyce's Ulysses." She also participated in the law school's Edward W. Hinton Moot Court Competition.

Ms. Petrek received her B.A. in Comparative Cultures in Literature and English from Brown University in 2006, and a MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University in 2012.

Prior to pursuing her law degree, Ms. Petrek had a career as a paralegal and as a professional liability analyst for a leading professional liability insurance company. In addition, she was a teaching fellow at Syracuse University and the recipient of a Fulbright Award Grant. She also held writing instructor and writing consultant positions.

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55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792

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  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2017
  • - Edmund A. Spencer Scholarship
  • Syracuse University, MFA, Creative Writing, 2012
  • Brown University, B.A., Comparative Cultures in Literature and English, 2006

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  • Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
Tel: 312.201.4000
Fax: 312.332.2196


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