Mary Ann Covone is an experienced trial lawyer, skilled negotiator and certified mediator. Since she graduated from The John Marshall Law School, with distinction, in 1991, Mary Ann has successfully represented families, individuals and corporations in Illinois court rooms in Cook, DuPage, Will and Lake Counties. Bringing 25 years of litigation experience to her clients, she will aggressively advocate in any forum and explain the process step by step to the families and individuals she represents. She is highly respected by her peers, fellow plaintiffs’ lawyers, judges and opponents, for the skill and experience she demonstrates in every situation. Ms. Covones’ clients commend her for her integrity, tenaciousness, communication skills, passion, responsiveness, compassion and results.
Beginning her legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, Mary Ann’s initial training was trial by fire. As a new attorney, she was handed a caseload of approximately 100 personal injury cases and instructed to “go to court and defend the City of Chicago”. She did exactly that. Learning by experience how to take a deposition, select a jury, present an opening statement, prepare a witness to testify, cross-examine a hostile witness, select and present an expert, present a final closing argument, and most importantly, to “think on her feet”, Ms. Covone became a skilled trial lawyer. In 1998, she took her trial skills to the private sector and began representing plaintiffs (injured persons and bereaved families).
As her private practice evolved, Mary Ann Covone accepted clients who needed representation in litigation in Guardianship and Estate and Trust matters. Because these cases typically involve family members fighting with each other over property and money, they require a higher level of skill in mediation and negotiation. Ms. Covone’s demeanor and calm presence is a great asset in representing litigants in these matters.
When Mary Ann is not in her office or the courtroom, she is an active volunteer in her parish, St. John of the Cross, in Western Springs, and she does pro bono legal work for worthy causes. Mary Ann is also a musician and an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women in the field of music. She is a very proud of her daughter who is studying music at a Conservatory of Music as her mother did in her undergraduate education.