Kyle Palazzolo is a Staff and HIV Project Attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and individuals living with HIV. He is also a lead strategist of Lambda Legal’s Health Care Fairness program work.
Palazzolo’s work spans Lambda Legal’s mission, from working to obtain the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples in North Dakota to advocacy efforts on behalf of transgender individuals within correctional institutions to work on issues involving workplace discrimination against individuals living with HIV. Most recently, Palazzolo was part of a Lambda Legal team that assisted Donisha McShan in protecting her rights while living in a halfway house in southern Illinois and ensuring that the institution respected her gender identity. In addition, Palazzolo has worked on measures in several states to ensure greater healthcare access for low-income transgender individuals.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Palazzolo worked as a commercial litigator in private practice at Jenner & Block. While at Jenner & Block, Palazzolo maintained a diverse pro bono docket, including several cases involving transgender rights. He served as co-counsel in an Illinois case defeating a State policy prohibiting changes to birth certificates for transgender individuals and co-authored an amicus brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals regarding medical treatment for incarcerated transgender individuals. As a result of his work, Palazzolo presented at the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender symposium discussing state and federal litigation regarding transgender rights.
Palazzolo’s work has been recognized with the Illinois State Bar Association, Community Leadership Award; the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award; the Cook County Bar Association Presidential Award; and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Bill of Rights in Action Award. His cases have been featured in The National Law Journal, Law360, The American Lawyer, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Palazzolo was also named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine from 2012-2014.
Palazzolo graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. He received his bachelor’s degree cum laude in Communication from Aquinas College.
Palazzolo is a member of the Illinois bar.