Kathryn Trkla

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Kathryn M. Trkla
Occupation Partner
Employer Foley & Lardner
Location Chicago
LinkedIn Profile
Website http://www.foley.com/

Kathryn M. Trkla is a Chicago-based derivatives and securities attorney who is a partner with the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm's Securities, Commodities & Exchange Regulation Practice within the Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice, and the firm’s Business Law Department and Energy Industry Team.[1]


Trkla has over 30 years of experience in the derivatives and securities industries. She served as an associate general counsel and senior vice president of the Chicago Board of Trade for 11 years before joining Foley & Lardner.

She has represented clients on matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and self-regulatory organizations.

Trkla in 2007 conducted an international assessment of Armenia’s securities market regulatory framework as part of an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development to strengthen the banking, insurance and securities market infrastructure in the country. The work she completed assessd the degree to which the regulatory framework in Armenia complies with 30 international principles of securities market regulation developed by the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO).

Also, while she was at the Chicago Board of Trade, she represented the exchange at annual meetings of the Consultative Committee of IOSCO. From 1997 to 1998. where she chaired a special subcommittee of the IOSCO Consultative Committee. This committee prepared a report on best practices for the design of futures contracts and exchange market surveillance programs.

She is a member of the Illinois Bar, American Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association.

She has served as a member of the Futures Industry Association (“FIA”) Law & Compliance Executive Committee (2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 terms).


Trkla is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where she was the coordinating executive editor of the Journal of International Law & Business. She graduated with a bachelor of arts in public affairs in 1980 from the University of Chicago, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


  1. Kathryn M. Trkla. Foley & Lardner LLP.