The internal culture of our firm is unprecedented. ASA Law Group's ethos of delivering the highest level of service to our clients demands we be experts in our field, continually evolve, and be well rounded individuals with a healthy work life balance. Our attorneys are encouraged to participate in community activities, maintain a healthy lifestyle and become empowered individuals. In turn, our clients benefit from increased productivity from our energized staff and attorneys that are inspired and ready to make positive impacts on your business.
Founder and Managing Attorney
Prior to forming ASA Law Group, LLC, Mr. Ahmed represented clients in personal injury and medical malpractice cases wherein he tried cases before the jury, the bench (judge) and at Arbitration. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois defending various state departments in workers’ compensation cases. He then spent numerous years engaged in private practice aggressively defending self-insured clients in
workers’ compensation cases in his capacity as a Partner.
While Mr. Ahmed enjoys representing clients in Court and at the Commission, he has authored numerous articles for the Illinois State Bar Association and the Business Leader. He is also the author of Get A Grip: An Employer’s Manual on How to Get A Grip on a Workers Compensation Case before it Spirals Out of Control.” Mr. Ahmed is a faculty member for the Illinois Continuing Legal Education and for the Illinois State Bar Association.
Finally, Mr. Ahmed is actively involved in both the legal and business communities. Notably, he serves on the Illinois State Bar Association Workers Compensation Committee, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Employment Committee and on the Business Advisory Board for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
“Our clients deserve more than just a competent attorney, they deserve an attorney who is an advocate of their business inside and out of the courtroom.”
Katlyn Rowe-Brasel began her career at a large workers’ compensation defense firm, gaining an understanding of the inside operations of insurance companies and self-insured clients. Thereafter, she worked at a Petitioner’s firm and was able
to gain valuable insight into the workings on the opposite side of the bar.
With extensive experience handling claims in all phases of litigation and a
great intuition into winning workers’ compensation cases, Katlyn is a force!
Her expertise gives her unique insight that very few attorneys have. She knows
how Petitioners operate and this gives her an edge. Katlyn defends workers’
compensation cases in counties all across Illinois including: Cook, Lake,
McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Kankakee, and Winnebago. Beyond her passion for
her clients, she also loves to travel, golf, run, and spend time with her
Kate Exo attended DePaul University College of Law and concentrated on developing litigation skills. Upon receiving her license in 2005, she put those skills in to practice with the City of Chicago, prosecuting traffic violations in Circuit Court. Ms. Exo moved into the area of Worker’s Compensation with a downstate Illinois Respondent’s firm. There she tried several cases and argued a motion before a Commissioner. After spending a few years doing other forms of litigation support, Ms. Exo was happy to return to worker’s compensation, this time on the Petitioner’s side. During her tenure, she tried multiple cases and aggressively advocated for her clients. Now that she is again representing Respondents, she uses her 12 years of litigation experience on both sides of the bar to bring a balanced perspective to her work representing employers.
Cassidey Keilman began her law career after graduating from Northwestern University School of Law defending self-insured clients in workers’ compensation cases as well as gaining expertise in Medicare Set-Asides at a Chicago-area law firm. Thereafter, Cassidey served as an Assistant Appellate Defender in the Office of the State Appellate Defender’s First District Office where she represented indigent clients in criminal appeals. During her tenure at the State Appellate Defender, Cassidey’s aggressive defense of both juvenile and adult clients led to several victories, including release of a client pursuant to an appeal bond, an outright reversal of a conviction, and a suppression of all evidence due to Fourth Amendment violations. Cassidey argued before the First District Appellate Court, and gained experience preparing not only opening and reply briefs, but also petitions for rehearing and petitions for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Wanting to return to workers’ compensation defense in an environment that encourages meaningful relationships with clients and aggressive defense of cases led to Cassidey joining ASA Law Group upon its inception. Cassidey is looking forward to continued representation of clients and becoming actively involved in the business and workers’ compensation communities.
Nick received his JD from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago wherein he concentrated in litigation and competed in numerous national trial competitions. He started his legal career working for the Will County Public Defender in Joliet, IL. During his time at Public Defender’s office Nick tried many criminal cases in front of local juries and various judges.
During law school, he interned for the Honorable Judge Dennis Porter at 26th street in Cook County and had the unique opportunity to work on post-trial convictions. Nick would draft memoranda for the Judge regarding the claims of convicted inmates, and the merit of their post-trial petitions.
Outside of work Nick is still heavily involved in John Marshall’s trial advocacy program. He coaches John Marshall law students on how to conduct jury trials for national competitions, and two of his students have gone on to win first place in the National Animal Law Closing Argument Competition held at Harvard Law School. Nick is excited to put his trial experience and knowledge to work for his business and worker’s compensation clients.
Rachel Smith is originally from Montgomery County, Maryland. She received her JD from the DePaul University College of Law. She spent her second year of law school in Madrid, Spain where she received her Master’s degree in International Business Law from La Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Prior to law school, she attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Outside of legal experience, she worked in the service industry for 11 years throughout the Maryland/Washington D.C. areas. She is a people person who loves to talk to people, no matter the circumstance, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting to know her!
Karen received her JD from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago wherein she concentrated in litigation and earned a specialized certificate of Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She started her legal career working at UpRight Law, a bankruptcy law firm and technology startup in downtown Chicago. As a fast growing technology startup, UpRight Law afforded her the unique opportunity to hone her legal advocacy skills while also helping to enhance client services through the innovative use of new technology.
Throughout law school, she interned and advocated for various agencies including Prairie State Legal Services, Equip for Equality, and the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic in Chicago. During her tenure, she handled a wide variety of cases including foreclosure, workers compensation, personal injury, disability civil rights, and large class action lawsuits.
During her final year of law school, she worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert Gettleman presiding in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. As a judicial law clerk, she had the unique opportunity to view trials, attend settlement meetings, and draft judicial opinions. She also collaborated with Judge Gettleman in creating a curriculum on international views of disability law and advocacy. She also participated heavily in extracurricular work including working as an executive board member on the John Marshall Law Review, Moot Court Honors Board, and Trial Advocacy Honors Council. Prior to law school, she worked in the education field for several years as an intervention specialist and program coordinator. She is passionate about people and helping find new, creative solutions and loves group collaboration!
Daniel R. Flaherty
Attorney of Counsel
Daniel R. Flaherty is a respected and accomplished trial lawyer with a history of success representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
Daniel began his career in insurance defense litigation representing individuals in personal injury and property damage matters. In 2010, he decided his true passion was representing individuals injured due to no fault of their own. So, Daniel joined a larger, Chicago-area trial firm and began exclusively representing individuals in various personal injury matters. In his nearly five years at that firm, Daniel recovered millions of dollars for his clients.
In 2015, Daniel followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded the law firm, Flaherty Law. He continues to represent the injured and also assists individuals with estate planning and creation of wills and trusts while supporting ASA Law Group’s clients in Workers Compensation Defense, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Subrogation, Insurance Non Compliance, and Business Formations.
Daniel attended the University of St. Thomas where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship. He went on to William Mitchell College of Law where he focused his studies on litigation. In just his second year in law school, Daniel was a member of his school’s trial advocacy team which competed in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s national advocacy competition in Boston, MA. The knowledge gained in school and the many years of experience have given Daniel the foundation to be the trial lawyer he is today.