Mara is an accomplished civil litigator and class action attorney with a wide range of experience litigating in state and federal court. Mara was recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star in Civil Defense Litigation in 2013, and in Consumer Law in 2016-2019. Mara is a strong believer in taking the best cases to trial. She served as a primary attorney in a case brought by a senior citizen against a major loan servicer, Hammer v. RCS, that resulted in a $2,000,000 jury verdict upheld on post-trial motions. She was a featured speaker at NACBA’s 23rd Annual Convention discussing effective adversary proceedings and successfully preparing cases for trial.
Mara previously worked as an attorney at Bock, Hatch, Lewis & Oppenheim, LLC (f/k/a Bock & Hatch, LLC) and at Sulaiman Law Group, Ltd. d/b/a Atlas Consumer Law.
Mara obtained her J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2009, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003. Mara is a member of the Illinois Bar and admitted to practice in the Northern and Southern federal district courts in Illinois. She is also admitted to the Eastern District of Wisconsin and Eastern District of Michigan.