PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2020 – present Conway Law Office, Of Counsel
Private practice concentrated on real estate transactions and litigation.
2019–2020 Marcia Conway, Attorney-at-Law
Negotiated contracts in real estate transactions, conducted closings, and drafted lease agreements.
2008–2018 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (Real Estate Tax Division)
Represented Cook County and County officials in a wide-range of real estate tax litigation, including valuation disputes on commercial and industrial properties, tax sales, exemptions, injunctive actions and actions against Cook County’s Indemnity Fund.

Conducted all phases of litigation, including document and written discovery, deposing expert witnesses, preparing discovery motions and dispositive motions, such as motions to dismiss and summary judgment, and examining witnesses at trial.

1994-2007 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (Corporate Transactions)
Drafted and negotiated purchase and sale agreements and closed title on various County properties, including 69 W. Washington St., Chicago, and 555 W. Harrison St., Chicago. Drafted and negotiated ground leases and leasebacks on numerous County- owned properties for important public purposes, including the Ruth M. Rothstein Core Center; State of Illinois In-Patient Mental Health Facility on Oak Forest Hospital campus; and Vision House, Inc.’s Child Care Center for children diagnosed as HIV-positive on Provident Hospital campus. Drafted the template documents, including the mortgage, note, loan agreement and restrictive covenants tailored for, and utilized by, the Cook County HOME Program. Represented Cook County as lender at dozens of loan closings conducted under the HOME Program.
1993-1994 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (Chancery)
Defended numerous and various lawsuits filed against Cook County and County officials.
1988–1991 Solo Practitioner
Negotiated contracts in real estate transactions, conducted closings, and drafted lease agreements.
1984 -1988 Winston & Strawn
Participated in both commercial litigation and real estate transactions as an associate in the litigation and real estate departments.
Participated in pre-trial matters and six-week trial in Northern Indiana Public Service Comm. v. Carbon County Coal Co. (N.D. Ind.), where the jury awarded our client, the counterclaimant, $181 million dollars—the largest jury award in Indiana history at the time. Notably, our legal theories and trial strategies were premised on my pre-lawsuit research and advice, which anticipated the future claims brought by plaintiff to excuse its contractual performance (such as force majeure, frustration of purpose and unilateral mistake) and articulated successful defenses. Affirmed on appeal at 735 F.2d.
Participated in Staley Continental Inc. v. Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc., a federal RICO action. Researched and advised on viability of our client’s RICO claims concerning an unsettled area of the law.
Summer 1983 Winston & Strawn Summer Associate
Summer 1982 U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois
Intern for Judge Charles Kocoras
Summer 1982 Illinois Attorney General
Law Clerk

TEACHING

1989–1991 Roosevelt University
Adjunct Instructor, Legal Assistance Program
Taught principles of real estate law to paralegal students.

EDUCATION

1984 Juris Doctor
Loyola University, School of Law
Editor-in-Chief, Loyola Law Review
Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program
Graduated Cum Laude (top 10%)
1980 B.A., History
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Magna Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

 

COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Member of River Forest Democratic Organization;
Re-Election of River Forest President Cathy Adduci, Campaign Advisor, 2021;
River Forest Civic Association, Member, 2020 – present;
Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere, Member, 2019- present;
Democratic Party of Oak Park, Member, 2018 – present;
establishment and funding of scholarships at Kenyon College, 2014 – present;
River Forest Service Club, Member, 1996 – 2020;
River Forest Development Review Board, Board Member, 1995 – 2008;
River Forest Plan Commission, Commissioner, 1995 – 2008;
Roosevelt Middle School, Room Mom, 2002 – 2006;
River Forest Cub Scouts, Troop Leader, 1998 – 2002;
Willard Elementary School, Art Mom, 1998 – 2002;
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Member;
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – ASPCA Guardian;
Organization for Autism Research – Monthly Donor
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation – Monthly Donor;
The Humane Society of the United States – Humane Hero;
Oak Park Animal Care League – Animal Care League Hero