McKensie (Kensie) Villarreal is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group, who handles complex commercial litigation matters for clients of all sizes. Kensie has experience adding and advising clients on employment disputes, legal malpractice matters, and closely held corporation disputes both in and out of the courtroom.
Kensie was previously a lawyer at Novack and Macey in Chicago, and joined Armstrong Teasdale in 2023. While at Novack and Macey, Kensie focused her practice on general commercial litigation.
Her prior role serving as a judicial law clerk for the Appellate Court of Illinois has provided her invaluable experience preparing appellate orders and pre-argument memoranda, editing and evaluating legal analyses, and drafting opinions and orders in both criminal and civil law cases.
Preceding Kensie’s clerkship, she worked at the San Antonio Immigration Court as an Attorney Advisor for the Department of Justice, a position acquired through the Attorney General's Honors Program, where she drafted opinions for 13 federal immigration judges.
- University of Illinois (J.D., cum laude, 2019)
- Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award
- Illinois Public Interest Law Foundation (Vice President, 2017-2018)
- Millikin University (B.A., 2016)
- Chicago Bar Association