MARY EILEEN CUNNIFF WELLS, associate

wellsMs. Wells has represented companies, individuals, and government agencies and officials in complex litigation matters in both state and federal court. Her practice involves a wide variety of substantive areas of the law, including constitutional law, commercial law, healthcare, professional liability, FOIA, and family law matters.

Education

  • B.A., Georgetown University, College of Arts and Sciences, Government, Sociology, 2005.
    Graduated magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2010.
    Pro Bono Distinction
    Member, Stanford Journal of International Law

Experience

  • Admitted to the Illinois Bar, 2010.
  • Law clerk to the Hon. Ruben Castillo, U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2010-2012.
  • Law clerk to the Hon. William Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2012-2013.
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Chicago Department of Law, Constitutional and Commercial Litigation Division, 2013-2016.
  • Associate with this firm, 2016.
  • Admitted to the bars of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Selected Engagements

  • Represented individual in a partnership dispute involving breach of fiduciary duty claims and contested control over closely held entities.
  • Represented government in groundbreaking investigations and litigation related to the deceptive marketing of opioid prescription painkillers.
  • Successfully defeated First Amendment challenge to personnel policy of government agency.
  • Represented government agency in breach of contract disputes and challenges to procurement decisions.
  • Obtained favorable settlement of statutory challenge to a city zoning determination.
  • Defended municipal taxi dispatch service challenged on constitutional grounds.

Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association