Kelly McCloskey Cherf

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Practice Areas

Labor and Employment
Health Care
State and Local Government
General Corporate, Business and Commercial

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Kelly McCloskey Cherf has extensive experience in commercial litigation with an emphasis on employment, health care and election law.  Mrs. Cherf is an accomplished litigator in all aspects of trial and appellate proceedings in State and Federal courts and also has represented clients in administrative proceedings and arbitrations.

More about Kelly McCloskey Cherf

She has successfully represented clients in a variety of employment matters related to restrictive covenants and other non-solicitation and non-compete provisions and trade secrets and proprietary business information, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII and other discrimination claims and wrongful discharge claims. She also has represented hospitals, health care systems and physicians in cases involving Medicare reimbursement claims, managed care and breach of contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, qui tam (whistleblower) litigation, antitrust disputes, regulatory investigation and negligence and medical malpractice claims.  She also regularly advises the firm’s health care clients regarding physician termination issues, continuity of care and confidentiality of patient and also has prepared, analyzed, reviewed and amended physician and other health care agreements and hospital bylaws. She has represented government and commercial entities in cases involving government contracts, grants and audits, complex construction disputes, and other regulatory matters. Mrs. Cherf has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in civil litigation matters.

Mrs. Cherf has served as a hearing officer for the State Board of Elections, the City of Chicago Electoral Board and the boards of several municipalities for election law and campaign finance disputes.  In addition, Mrs. Cherf has advised clients on various election law issues and has assisted candidates in the preparation of nomination papers and the filing and defending of election challenges.  She also has advised clients on issues related to various campaign finance issues.   Mrs. Cherf also is involved in the firm’s white collar criminal practice and has represented individuals on matters related to public corruption, financial misconduct and government fraud. Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Cherf was the name partner in the Chicago law firm of O’Rourke McCloskey & Moody.  She also worked in the Washington D.C. office of Thompson Hine.  Mrs. Cherf joined Hogan Marren in 2004.

Professional Memberships/Activities

Mrs. Cherf is a member of the Board of Trustees and Children of the Crossroads Board of Francis Xavier Warde School.


The Facts On RACs (article download) Published in the American Bar Association Health Law Litigation publication, Spring/Summer 2010.
How to Succesfully Appeal a RAC Audit (article download) TSCPA’s 2010 Advanced Health Care Conference, San Antonio, Texas, July 2010.


Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose Obtains Favorable Medicare Coverage Decision for Hospital (link to article)

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose Attorneys Challenge Honest Services Fraud Conviction

HMBR attorneys Patrick E. Deady, Edward M. Hogan, Kelly McCloskey Cherf and Michael Tecson are challenging the mail fraud conviction of former City of Chicago employee Timothy McCarthy in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24, 2010 decision in Skilling v. U.S. restricting the scope of the honest services fraud statute used to convict McCarthy.  McCarthy and his codefendants, Robert Sorich and Patrick Slattery, filed post-conviction petitions in February, 2010 seeking to vacate their convictions, anticipating the Court’s decision in Skilling.  The petitions are now pending before United States District Court Judge David H. Coar.  HMBR attorneys also represented McCarthy in the 2006 City Hiring fraud trial and on direct appeal to the Supreme Court.


Virginia (1990)
Illinois (1994)
Washington, D.C. (1998)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)


George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1990)

University of Notre Dame (B.A., Economics, cum laude, 1987)