Rima Kapitan is the principal attorney at Kapitan Law Office, which specializes in employment litigation, consulting and advocacy on behalf of employees and small businesses. In recent years she has increasingly focused on academic issues, representing professors in appeals of tenure denials, litigating civil rights cases in the university setting, and providing consulting for faculty governance bodies. She has spoken on the topic of academic freedom at conferences and panels of the American Association of University Professors, the New York University School of Law, the Fordham University School of Law, and California State University. She also previously served as Managing Partner of a 7-attorney law firm. Ms. Kapitan was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois Supreme Court in 2005, and is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and Indiana University’s Individualized Major Program.
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.