Theresa Kleinhaus



Theresa (“Tess”) Kleinhaus joined Loevy & Loevy in 2015. She has represented clients in a wide range of civil rights cases including lawsuits on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and on behalf of women who were shackled during childbirth, wrongful convictions, mass actions, and representation of protesters in the Black Lives Matter and Occupy movements. Tess has taken numerous cases to trial and excels in trial

Tess is dedicated to providing client-centered advocacy and exposing the injustice and racism at the heart of our criminal legal system. She is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, the nation’s oldest progressive bar association.

Tess is a partner at Loevy & Loevy.

DePaul University College of Law
• J.D. (magna cum laude) – December, 2010
• Order of the Coif

Loyola University Chicago
• B.A. (summa cum laude) – May, 2005

Representative cases:

Milwaukee Strip Search Cases (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin): (litigation counsel) reached satisfactory settlement on behalf of dozens of men who were illegally, publicly strip searched and body-cavity searched by the Milwaukee Police Department.

Terry v. County of Milwaukee, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin): (litigation counsel) reached satisfactory settlement on behalf of a client who was forced to give birth alone in her jail cell because correctional staff ignored her.

Fields v. City of Chicago and Ivan Ramos (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois): (trial counsel) represented the family of a young man who was killed when Chicago police officers conducted an illegal vehicle pursuit. Jury returned a $2.75 million verdict.

Burgess v. Baltimore Police Department, et al. (U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland): (trial counsel) represented a man who was wrongfully convicted and spent nearly 20 years incarcerated as a result of misconduct by members of the Baltimore police department. Jury returned a verdict of $15 million.

Simmons v. City of Chicago (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois): (litigation counsel) reached satisfactory settlement on behalf of a family whose home was illegally raided by Chicago Police Officers who pointed their firearms at a toddler and her grandmother.

Our Impact

Loevy + Loevy has won more multi-million dollar verdicts than perhaps any other law firm in the country over the past decade. Our willingness to take hard cases to trial, and win them, has yielded a nationally recognized reputation for success in the courtroom.

Read the latest public reporting and press releases about Loevy + Loevy’s clients, our public interest litigation, and our civil rights impact.

We take on the nation’s most difficult public interest cases, advocating in and outside the courtroom to secure justice for our clients and to hold officials, governments, and corporations accountable.

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