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  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


Paula J. Morency


Paula Morency’s practice involves litigation and arbitration of commercial disputes, including trials before federal and state courts and private arbitration panels. Her primary areas of concentration include:

  • Franchise and distribution disputes
  • Protection of trademarks and trade secrets
  • Class and mass actions
  • Antitrust claims
  • Vicarious liability
  • Data privacy disputes

Speeches and Presentations

Ms. Morency has been a frequent speaker and author on such topics as class actions, consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices act claims, franchising, trial advocacy, expert witnesses, e-discovery, insurance coverage, mediation and antitrust topics. Her most recent presentations include:

"Tangled Web: Distribution Pricing in the Internet Age," (panelist) ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. (March 2012)

"Anatomy of a Franchise Suit," ABA Forum on Franchising, Baltimore, Maryland (October 2011)

Awards and Honors

Leading Lawyer — Franchising, Chambers USA — America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The BTI Client Service All-Star Team
Leading Lawyer – Antitrust Law; Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law; Commercial Litigation; and Franchise & Dealership Law, Illinois Leading Lawyers Network
Best Lawyers in America — Franchise Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Franchise Times – Legal Eagle
Illinois Super Lawyers – Franchise/Dealership; Intellectual Property Litigation; General Litigation
AV Rated — Martindale-Hubbell
Who’s Who Legal – Franchise (International and Illinois)


University of Virginia School of Law(J.D., 1980)Winner, William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition
Princeton University(A.B., magna cum laude, 1977)

Faculty Appointments

Faculty, National Institute For Trial Advocacy (1988 – present)

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law (1996 – present)
Trial Advocacy

Faculty, International Trademark Association (INTA) (2000)
Trademark Trial Advocacy Workshop

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
Section of Litigation
Section of Antitrust Law
Forum on Franchising
     Speaker (1995-1997, 1999 -2002, 2004, 2008, 2010-2011)
     Governing Committee (2001 – 2004)
           Program Co-chair (2003)
     Litigation and Dispute Resolution Steering Committee (1996-2001)
     Publications Committee (1996 – 2001)
     The Franchise Lawyer
             Editorial Board (1998-2001)
Section of Intellectual Property Law
The Chicago Bar Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee
Chicago Council of Lawyers
Board of Governors <1989 –1993)
Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (1983 –1983)
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel (N.D. Ill.) (1989 –1991, 1994)

Civic and Charitable Memberships

Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago (1993 – present)
Executive committee
Former Board Chair
Former Benefit Chair
Princeton AlumniCorps (2010 – present)