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Maria Vathis has a broad range of experience defending corporate clients in complex business litigation matters, insurance coverage, and class actions involving alleged violations of federal statutes, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Ms. Vathis has represented financial institutions, investment firms, law firms, brokers, attorneys and other professionals. She handles matters nationwide in federal and state courts.

Ms. Vathis also focuses her practice on consumer financial services litigation. She has experience representing financial institutions in complex business litigation matters both locally and nationally before state and federal trial and appellate courts. Ms. Vathis has defended financial institutions in a variety of cases, including matters alleging violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), as well as state unfair and deceptive acts or practices (UDAP) statutes and other consumer lending statutes and regulations, such as those promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Ms. Vathis has monitored worldwide litigation for international insurers, which includes claims and litigation assessment and management of securities class actions and other complex civil litigation. Her practice also includes advising on risk management, policy language, evaluating existing insurance coverage, drafting insurance policies and analyzing insurance coverage under professional liability, cyber and first-party property insurance policies. In 2011, Ms. Vathis was seconded to a leading broker in the London insurance market where she advised on policy language and legal issues.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Associate Board of Ambassadors of the American Cancer Society of Chicago (Co-Chair of the Fashion & Jewelry Committee), 2007-Present
    • Selected as one of Greek America’s 40 Under 40 for 2012
    • 2012 Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership as a Circuit Vice President, Federal Bar Association (National), September 2012
    • Selected for inclusion in Chicago Magazine’s Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for Business Litigation (2009, 2010 and 2011 Editions)
    • Selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Illinois Trial Lawyers for 2011
    • 2012 Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership as a Circuit Vice President, Federal Bar Association (National), September 2012
    • Selected for inclusion in Chicago Magazine’s Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for Business Litigation (2009, 2010 and 2011 Editions)
    • Selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Illinois Trial Lawyers for 2011
    • Selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Illinois Trial Lawyers for 2011
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Professional Affiliations

    • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association (National)
    • Seventh Circuit Vice President, Federal Bar Association (National)
    • Officer of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
    • Past President of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
    • Officer of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
    • Past President of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
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Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel defending an accounting firm and an insurance broker in class actions alleging statutory violations
  • Lead counsel representing a business owner in a case alleging fraudulent business practices
  • Represented a well-known fast food franchise and motel franchise in class action cases alleging a statutory violation
  • Advised a leading global investment bank in connection with its annual renewal of insurance

Publications

  • "Insurance coverage and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act" (co-authored with Steven Smith and Joy Anderson), Financier Worldwide Magazine, March 2016
  • "The Cybersecurity Question: To Insure Or Not To Insure?," Law 360 (October 2013)
  • "September 11th Business Interruption Losses Must Be Offset By Federal Funds Received By Insured," Martindale-Hubbell (July 2007)
  • “Recent Developments in Property Insurance Law,” American Bar Association Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (May 2005)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Fashion Law Basics - The Lawyer Wears Prada," Federal Bar Association Webinar (May 5, 2016)
  • Fashion Law Conference, Federal Bar Association, New York, New York (February 2016)
  • Co-Master of Ceremonies of the Federal Bar Association’s Second Annual Women in the Law Conference, Washington, D.C (June 5, 2015)
  • "Women in the Law: Understanding the Impact of Gender on the Retention and Advancement of Women," Federal Bar Association Annual Convention & Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico (September 2013)
  • “Tips on How to Be an Effective Young Bar Association Leader,” Chapter Leadership Training Program, Federal Bar Association, Arlington, Virginia (April 2011)