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Mary I. Wood

Mary’s inspiration to advocate for injury victims came from her grandfather, a rural family physician who tirelessly showed the same level of attention and care to a child with a scraped knee as he showed to someone recovering from surgery. Mary chose to go into personal injury litigation because it allowed her to help injured people using her own strengths and talents, and to honor the lessons of compassion, concern, and strong work ethic her grandfather taught her.

Mary received a bachelor’s degree from NIU, graduating summa cum laude. She received a full scholarship to law school because of her undergraduate academic achievements. She graduated from NIU College of Law magna cum laude. She was lead articles editor on the NIU Law Review and wrote articles that were published in the NIU Law Review and the DuPage County Bar Association Journal while she was a law student.

Mary has been with the firm since 2009 and handles all phases of personal injury cases, from intake through settlement, arbitration, mediation, bench trials and jury trials. She has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of cases including car crashes, premises liability, falls, work injuries, and dog bites. Mary has extensive legal research experience and has briefed and argued motions in circuit courts throughout northern Illinois and Cook County, and in the Illinois Second District Appellate Court and the Seventh Circuit Federal Appellate Court. Notably, she won an appeal in the Seventh Circuit against an insurance carrier who tried to deny underinsured motorist coverage to a severely injured teenager. This decision resulted in changes in the way insurance policy language is interpreted, making it harder for insurance companies to deny coverage.

Mary is certified as an arbitrator in the 17th Judicial Circuit. She is admitted to practice in all Illinois state courts, and in federal courts in the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the American Association for Justice.

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Mary’s inspiration to advocate for injury victims came from her grandfather, a rural family physician who tirelessly showed the same level of attention and care to a child with a scraped knee as he showed to someone recovering from surgery. Mary chose to go into personal injury litigation because it allowed her to help injured people using her own strengths and talents, and to honor the lessons of compassion, concern, and strong work ethic her grandfather taught her.

Mary received a bachelor’s degree from NIU, graduating summa cum laude. She received a full scholarship to law school because of her undergraduate academic achievements. She graduated from NIU College of Law magna cum laude. She was lead articles editor on the NIU Law Review and wrote articles that were published in the NIU Law Review and the DuPage County Bar Association Journal while she was a law student.

Mary has been with the firm since 2009 and handles all phases of personal injury cases, from intake through settlement, arbitration, mediation, bench trials and jury trials. She has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of cases including car crashes, premises liability, falls, work injuries, and dog bites. Mary has extensive legal research experience and has briefed and argued motions in circuit courts throughout northern Illinois and Cook County, and in the Illinois Second District Appellate Court and the Seventh Circuit Federal Appellate Court. Notably, she won an appeal in the Seventh Circuit against an insurance carrier who tried to deny underinsured motorist coverage to a severely injured teenager. This decision resulted in changes in the way insurance policy language is interpreted, making it harder for insurance companies to deny coverage.

Mary is certified as an arbitrator in the 17th Judicial Circuit. She is admitted to practice in all Illinois state courts, and in federal courts in the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the American Association for Justice.

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