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Heather L. Kramer Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2000

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2004


University of Texas, J.D.

  • with honors

University of Iowa, B.A.

  • with highest honors
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Heather L. Kramer’s trial and litigation experience has been diverse and extensive. Throughout her career, she has represented businesses in disputes arising from fraud, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, trademark infringement, fraudulent conveyances, copyright infringement, breaches of fiduciary duty, product liability and premises liability. Ms. Kramer’s clients have included banks, real estate developers, trading companies, franchisors, employers, manufacturers, and suppliers. She has tried cases before both juries and judges involving fraud, trademark infringement, covenants not to compete, and breaches of all types of commercial contracts. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Kramer has successfully resolved matters through settlement or during the summary judgment or motion to dismiss stages. 

Prior to joining Dykema, Ms. Kramer served as a clerk to the Honorable Steven M. Colloton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. 

Ms. Kramer is also active in the Firm. She serves as a member of the Firm’s pro bono and litigation training committees, and is the coordinator for the paralegals in the Chicago office. 


  • Commercial and contract litigation
  • Fraud Litigation
  • Covenant not to Compete and Trade Secret Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Shareholder/Member Disputes
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Franchise Litigation
  • Consumer and Class Action Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • Grant Hospital v. Blue Cross of Illinois (October 2011). Obtained million dollar judgment, exclusive of interest and attorney fees, on behalf of Grant Hospital and more than 200 of its creditors, against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, after a nine-day trial arising from an accounting and contract dispute under various provider agreements issued to several successive owners of the hospital.
  • Farberware Licensing Co. v. Meyer Corporation, et al., Case No. 09-CV-2570 (2009 SDNY). Successfully represented a cookware manufacturer in a breach of licensing and trademark infringement matter and obtained a jury verdict in its favor.
  • Appelbaum v. Appelbaum, 355 Ill.App.3d 926, 823 N.E.2d (1st Dist. 2005). Reversing issuance of preliminary injunction based upon post-employment covenant not to compete; court found that employer had no protectable interest in its relationship with customers.
  • Represented buyer of landmark Chicago office building in a two-week jury trial involving breach of contract and fraud claims, which was successfully resolved prior to closing arguments.
  • Represented former owner and employees of insurance agency in five-week bench trial against new owner of agency, involving issues of breach of contract and enforceability of covenants not to compete.
  • Represented a manufacturer of coffee-making products in a patent infringement dispute and drafted successful motions in limine that barred large portions of defendant’s exhibits and expert report.
  • Represented a real estate construction and development company in a breach of contract and fraud dispute with one of its vendors, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • Represented trading firm of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) in its objection to and appeal of a class action settlement arising from the CBOT’s landmark litigation with the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) over the equity and trading rights of CBOT members at CBOE upon CBOE's anticipated demutualization.
  • Represented retail jewelry business in a consumer class action matter involving violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Represented a health benefit association in a consumer fraud/unfair business practices action brought by the Attorney General of the State of Illinois. Mediated a resolution to the satisfaction of all parties.
  • Represented drug manufacturer in both consumer class actions and individual actions involving claims of common law fraud, consumer fraud, negligence, and strict product liability.
  • Conducted internal investigation of Fortune 100 company (in English and Spanish).
  • Defeated State’s attempts to terminate parental rights of a Mexican citizen.
  • Represented asylees from Ethiopia and Guatemala.

Memberships & Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities

  • National Immigration Justice Center, Litigation Committee

Recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation, 2017

Recognized as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" by the Chicago Law Bulletin, 2012

Recipient of an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and the Federal Bar Association, May 2017