Mary-Lisa recently joined RMZ as a partner and head of RMZ’s litigation and privacy and security practices after over ten years with the State of Illinois where she served as General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Human Services, Chief Legislative Counsel to Governor Pat Quinn, Senior Counsel to Governor Quinn’s Chief Information Officer, and Director of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit within the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget under Governor Bruce Rauner. Mary-Lisa co-authored the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act which was signed into law by Governor Quinn in 2014. This landmark legislation requires State grant-making agencies to follow the Federal rules applicable to grants, thereby increasing transparency and establishing uniformity in the administration of grants. Illinois is the first, and currently only, state with such legislation.


Prior to joining the State, Mary-Lisa was a litigator in private practice where she concentrated on commercial litigation, professional negligence defense, aviation litigation, reinsurance litigation, and appeals. She has tried cases and argued appeals in State and Federal court, has arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce, and has represented clients in investigations brought by the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.


Mary-Lisa advises clients on data privacy issues, including international and domestic clients who are in the process of becoming compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation which is effective in May 2018. Mary-Lisa is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).  Currently, only eight thousand professionals globally hold one or more certifications from IAPP (The International Association of Privacy Professionals).


Mary-Lisa was a former president of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Practice Areas:
  • Privacy and Security Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Negligence Defense
  • Gaming
  • Governmental Law & Policy
  • Government Relations
  • Federal and State Grants Management
  • Appeals
  • St. Mary's College
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court