Mary Louise Kandyba

Professional Biography

Mary Louise Kandyba is a seasoned trial attorney who has a solid reputation among her long-time railroad and transportation clients. She focuses her practice on short lines and terminal and switching railroads, and also represents Class I Carriers. The Chicago hub handles one fourth of the nation's freight rail traffic, and Mary Louise’s clients rely on her specialized knowledge of the transportation industry, hands-on approach and devotion to detail for the support they need to remain competitive. She also represents a number of terminal service providers that work with Class I railroads, providing assistance with operations in railyards involved in intermodal transportation.

A native of Chicago, Mary Louise’s more than 25-year career has focused on litigation unique to the industrial concerns of the area, particularly those engaged in transportation services. She is an experienced trial lawyer who has taken well over 50 jury and non-jury cases to verdict. Mary Louise is equally adept at handling cases involving premises liability, trucking collisions, and accidents and incidents arising out of intermodal operations. She represents corporate clients in administrative agency proceedings, including OSHA whistleblower investigations, and has represented clients in employment litigation claims, contract litigation and other commercial matters.

Mary Louise joined Wilson Elser after 10 years at a firm specializing in railroad casualty litigation. There, she continued to develop her transportation practice, expanding into areas involving employment litigation and general commercial litigation relating to the transportation industry. She began her career as an attorney for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad and later established her own law offices where she practiced from 1985 to 2005.

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