Mason, Mary Anne
Judge (Active)

Court: Circuit Court of Cook County Division: Chancery Division Daley Center
Room: 2510  Tel: (312) 603-6032  Fax: (312) 603-4704
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL  60602

Legal Experience
1977-79: Law Clerk to Justice Daniel J. McNamara (Illinois Appellate Court, First District); 1979-85: Assistant
United States Attorney (Northern District of Illinois, Chicago Office); 1985-00: Kevin M. Forde, Ltd. (private
practice specializing in complex commercial litigation including class actions, shareholder derivative
litigation and insurance declaratory actions)

Judicial Experience
In September 2000, Judge Mason was appointed to the bench.  She was elected to a full term in November
2002.  She initially served in the Traffic Section of the First Municipal District from September-December
2000.  In January 2001, she was reassigned to the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department,
Juvenile Justice Division, where she presided over juvenile delinquency matters.  In July 2004, she was
reassigned to the Chancery Division where she hears matters including, among others, requests for
injunctions, corporate disputes, review of final administrative decisions, and trust and contract
construction.  She currently chairs the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Discovery Procedures and the
Chancery Division Mediation Rule Committee.

Publications/Seminars
2/08:  Lunch and Learn program sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association;
1/08:  Lunch and Learn program sponsored by the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the Chancery
Division Mediation Rule; 2/06:  “New Developments from the Illinois Supreme Court”, Conference of
Appellate Justices sponsored by the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, Springfield, IL.

Organizations
Chicago Bar Association: Secretary, Board of Managers, Class Litigation Committee (Chair); Illinois Judges
Association; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Born October 15, 1952, Chicago, IL

Family  Married to Michael T. Mason, 2 children

Education
High School : Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, IL (1970)
Undergraduate: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (B.A. English/Philosophy 1974)
Law School: Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, IL (J.D. 1977)

Civic
St. Cletus School Board, Member (1994-2000), Chair (1998-2000); Franciscan Outreach Homeless Shelter,
volunteer (1/08- present); Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), Board
Member (1996-99); Judge, Chicago High School Moot Court Competition (2004, 2006, 2008); Judge, Notre
Dame University Trial Practice Program (2006); Judge, Chicago School of Psychology Expert Witness
Program ( 2006, 2008); Judge, Loyola University School of Law Appellate Moot Court Competition (2005);
“Women Everywhere” Service Project (2002, 2006, 2007)
Admitted to Bar1977 IL