Julie is a dedicated resource for summer associates and associates who want to sharpen their legal writing skills. She works one-on-one with lawyers and teaches workshops that address common writing challenges. In Chambers Associate, our associates called Julie "an invaluable asset to the firm."
Women in Law Empowerment Forum awarded Schiff Hardin its 2015 Gold Standard in Recognition of Integration of Women in the Firm for the 3rd straight year. Schiff Hardin was one of only eight firms in the nation to earn a perfect score.
A highly experienced litigator, Paula Morency has tried complex, high-stakes commercial cases successfully before juries, judges and arbitrators across the country. She has also resolved hundreds of complicated claims in mediation. She is determined to achieve successful outcomes that meet her clients’ business and legal goals.
The head of the firm’s Franchise and Distribution Client Service Team, Paula concentrates her practice on litigation and arbitration of commercial disputes, including consumer class actions, franchise and distribution suits, antitrust claims, vicarious liability and data privacy disputes.
Paula teaches trial advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law and is a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Paula has been active in national and local bar associations and served on the Merit Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She has also served on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising, co-chaired its annual program, and served on its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Steering Committee, Publications Committee, and the Editorial Board for the Franchise Lawyer.
Three Schiff Hardin attorneys also received the prestigious Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” award.
Twenty-five Schiff Hardin attorneys and seven practice areas received leading rankings in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed new rules that would largely ban the use of “no class action” arbitration provisions in consumer financial products and services agreements. 81 Fed. Reg. 32,830-01 (May 24, 2016).
Paula has earned the Legal Eagle honor since the award debuted in 2008, reflecting her recognition by peers and the Franchise Times editorial board as one of the best attorneys in franchising.
The Super Lawyers selection methodology includes a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area, and independent research on candidates.
Of the 64 Schiff Hardin attorneys honored by Best Lawyers, three Schiff Hardin attorneys were also nominated for Best Lawyers’ 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago
Paula has been a frequent speaker and author on such topics as class actions, arbitration, consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices act claims, franchising, trial advocacy, expert witnesses, mediation, and antitrust topics. Her most recent papers and presentations include:
Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago
Board of Directors (1993-present)
Executive Committee and former Board Chair
Board of Directors (2010-2016)
U.S. News & World Report
Chambers & Partners (2016)
Thomson Reuters (2016)
U.S. News & World Report (2016)
Thomson Reuters (2015)
Chambers & Partners (2015)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2015)
Law Business Research (2007-2008, 2012 – 2016)
U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers in America (2015)
Chambers & Partners (2014)
Thomson Reuters (2014)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2014)
U.S. News & World Report (2014)
Chambers & Partners (2013)
Thomson Reuters (2013)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2013)
U.S. News & World Report (2013)
Chambers & Partners (2012)
Thomson Reuters (2012)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2012)
U.S. News & World Report (2012)
Chambers & Partners (2011)
Thomson Reuters (2011)
Chambers USA (2010)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2010)
U.S. News & World Report (2009)
Chambers & Partners (2009)
Thomson Reuters (2009)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2009)
Chambers & Partners (2008)
Law Business Research Limited (2008)
Thomson Reuters (2008)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2008)
U.S. News & World Report (2008)
Chambers & Partners (2007)
Thomson Reuters (2007)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2007)
Law Business Research Limited (2007)
U.S. News & World Report (2007)
Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2006)
Thomson Reuters (2006)
Martindale-Hubbell (Since 1991)