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Kyle A. Palazzolo

Senior Counsel    P: (312) 283.5711    E: palazzolo@spplawyers.com   linkedin

Kyle Palazzolo is Senior Counsel at Salvatore Prescott & Porter, PLLC, and he has substantial experience across the Firm’s practice areas. From complex internal investigations to cutting-edge impact litigation on behalf of transgender students under Title IX, Kyle provides passionate advocacy and thoughtful client service. Indeed, his dedication to those in need and commitment to the community have earned him recognition and awards for public service.

Immediately before joining Salvatore Prescott & Porter, PLLC, Kyle worked at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. There, he served the LGBT community and people living with HIV as counsel in federal and state courts on issues including: marriage equality, workplace discrimination, access to health care, rights of same-sex parents, conditions of confinement for incarcerated people, and housing discrimination for older adults. Kyle also co-authored numerous amicus briefs in federal courts throughout the country and frequently spoke on issues impacting the LGBT community and people living with HIV. Kyle began his career at Jenner & Block LLP, where he focused on complex commercial litigation and class actions and managed a diverse pro bono docket. Kyle played a key role in the successful representation of major corporate clients in state and federal courts and internal investigations while also dedicating significant time to pro bono matters, such as redressing discrimination in the funding of public education and achieving a ground-breaking victory under Illinois post-conviction law. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The National Law Journal, Law360, The American Lawyer, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Kyle graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude in Communication from Aquinas College.

Awards / Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, “Rising Star” (2012-2014)
  • Korean American Bar Association of Chicago Distinguished Service Award, awarded to People v. Koh trial team (2014)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Community Leadership Award, awarded to Fields v. Smith amicus brief authors and client (2013)
  • Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award (2010)
  • Cook County Bar Association Presidential Award, awarded to Chicago Urban League v. Illinois State Board of Education team (2009) 
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Bill of Rights in Action Award, awarded to Chicago-area attorneys representing clients incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay (2008)

Service

  • Open Heart Magic, Hospital Magician and Board of Directors
  • Chicago Scholars, Mentor and two-time nominee for Mentor of the Year (2014-15, 2015-16)
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, Alumni Network Leadership Council Member and Mentor

Teaching / Speaking

Kyle frequently presents on a wide range of legal issues at bar associations, law schools, and other engagements. Recent topics include: Title VII and sexual orientation discrimination; Title IX and transgender students; the Americans with Disabilities Act and health care workers living with HIV; state and federal laws impacting access to housing for LGBT people; and the Affordable Care Act and the LGBT community. Kyle was also honored to present the 2016 Theodore R. LeBlang Distinguished Lecture at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine on barriers to health care for the LGBT community and people living with HIV.

Bar Admissions

Kyle is a member of the Illinois Bar. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; the 4th, 6th, and 7th Circuit Courts of Appeals; the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois.

Words from our clients

I hired Nakisha after I was terminated as a graduate student for “failing” a clinical rotation that had undertones of discrimination. I had appealed the decision without success on my own and the University was ignoring any evidence of discrimination I presented. With Nakisha’s help, I finally had an expert on my side and had a seat at the bargaining table. She extremely knowledgeable about ADA practices…Her presence at the table was respected! She was able to negotiate my terms to repeat the clinical rotation with proper ADA accommodations. On March 10th, 2017 I passed my clinical rotation with flying colors! I finished my doctorate and I am on to a great career! I highly recommend hiring Nakisha for any school appeal process regarding ADA laws, without any reservations.