Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
Fairfield University, B.A.
Kathleen is a fierce and accomplished trial lawyer and litigator. Throughout her professional career, Kathleen has served as a trial attorney representing the interests of civil litigants as well as victims of crimes and criminal defendants throughout New York State in both the Trial and Appellate Courts.
For more than two decades, a focus of Kathleen’s practice has been the prosecution and defense of catastrophic injury cases involving construction accidents, products liability claims, medical/dental malpractice, toxic torts, sexual abuse, elder abuse, defense of municipalities and premises liability, as well as, major concert venues, both directly and through promoters. Further, Kathleen represents the legal profession in attorney disciplinary matters.
Kathleen has been a trial practices instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1999 and has taught trial advocacy as a Special Professor of Law at her alma mater Hofstra University School of Law. Kathleen has lectured on a variety of topics and conducted training seminars for a number of insurance carriers, lawyers, as well as law students on topics including trial techniques, civil practice, contracts, indemnification, insurance coverage, issues relating to assisted living facilities and the senior population, elder law, sexual abuse, as well as, criminal practice.
Prior to joining Bartlett LLP, Kathleen served as a senior associate for both small and mid-sized civil litigation firms, as well as, in house counsel for Travelers Insurance. In 2020, Kathleen and her brother Thomas Dillon founded The Dillon Law Firm, LLP.
Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University in 1992. Thereafter, she was awarded her juris doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 1996 where she was awarded top honors for her trial advocacy skills. Upon graduation from Hofstra Law, Kathleen spent four years proudly serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, prosecuting felonies in the Major Crime Bureau from inception through trial.
Born and raised on Long Island, Kathleen lives in Setauket, New York. She is active in her church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister. Further, Kathleen volunteers at her local Inter-Faith Community Kitchen & Food Pantry, as well as, helps raise money for The American Cancer Society and The Special Olympics by participating in local events.