Rima Kapitan is owner of Kapitan Law Office. Her practice consists primarily of litigation on behalf of employees and advising of businesses on employment law matters. In recent years she has increasingly focused on academic cases, representing employees in appeals of tenure denials and employment litigation in free speech and discrimination cases. She has spoken on the topic of academic freedom at conferences of the American Association of University Professors, the Illinois AAUP and California State University- Fresno. She served as a judge at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She also previously worked as Managing Partner of a 7-attorney law firm, staff attorney at the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, extern for the American Civil Liberties Union- Illinois, and extern for the Honorable Richard Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ms. Kapitan is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and Indiana University’s Individualized Major Program. She was admitted to practice by the State of Illinois Supreme Court in 2005, and is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois.
Yusra Gomaa is an associate attorney at Kapitan Law Office. Her practice primarily consists of Employment Law, where she concentrates in representing employees in both breach of contract and unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Ms. Gomaa has years of experience in all stages of the employment litigation process, including EEOC and IDHR proceedings, the written and oral discovery process, the summary judgment phase, and trial. Ms. Gomaa prefers amicable resolution if possible and frequently negotiates settlements on behalf of her clients. In addition to her employment law work, Ms. Gomaa consults individuals on Estate-Planning and adoption matters. Ms. Gomaa recently served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association-Ohio (CASA), a non-profit child advocacy organization, where she represented abused and neglected children in court. Prior to joining Kapitan Law Office, she also worked at the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, and Amal Law Group. In 2007, Ms. Gomaa was a recipient of an Equal Justice America Fellowship. Ms. Gomaa received her law degree from the University of Illinois, cum laude, and a bachelor of arts in History from the University of Chicago, with honors. She was admitted to practice by the State of Illinois Supreme Court in 2009, and is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern Illinois.