Kelly Ognibene


Kelly Ognibene is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law and Insurance Coverage Practices. Kelly has nation-wide experience counseling clients regarding and handling both coverage and extra-contractual matters involving most types of policies, including professional liability, director’s and officers liability, employment practices liability, general liability, personal and advertising injury, business auto liability, and cyber and technology first party and liability coverage. Kelly’s experience includes drafting novel and innovative insurance policy provisions, and assisting clients with insurance regulatory compliance. She also has experience with novel coverage issues involving claims brought pursuant to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and has authored “hot topic” papers regarding the same.  

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)
  • COVID-19: Insurance Coverage



Illinois U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois


Chicago Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America® - 'Best Lawyers' Insurance Law (2024)
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” (Insurance Coverage)  by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2015
  • Recognized as an “Emerging Lawyer” (Insurance Coverage) by Illinois Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2015


The John Marshall Law School

Juris Doctor, 2008

Butler University

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy, cum laude, 2004


Co-authored, “The Contours of Malicious Prosecution and False Imprisonment Coverage: The Shawshank Redemption Re-imagined”, For the Defense, May 2011