Mary Louise Kandyba

Mary Louise Kandyba

Mary Louise Kandyba was born into a family of railroaders in the shadows of the steel mills on the Southeast side of Chicago. Her career as an attorney has, for over twenty five years, focused on litigation unique to these industrial concerns, particularly those engaged in transportation services.

Mary Louise is an experienced litigator who has tried well over 50 cases to verdict, including both jury and non-jury cases. As a partner at Daley Mohan Groble, she primarily handles casualty litigation, representing railroads under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. She also manages cases involving premises liability, trucking collisions, and accidents and incidents arising out of intermodal operations. She currently represents corporate clients in administrative agency proceedings, including OSHA Whistleblower investigations. Additionally, Mary Louise has represented clients in employment litigation claims, contract litigation and other commercial matters. She currently represents a number of railroad companies, local and interstate trucking companies, and intermodal service providers.


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., (Top 5% of class)
  • University of Illinois, magna cum laude, B.S. Journalism


  • Illinois
  • Indiana


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Indiana Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Member, Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • American Bar Association (Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Commercial Transportation Subcommittee)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (Associate Member; Publications Committee, 2000-2004)
  • South Suburban Bar Association (Member, Civil Practice Committee, 2002-2004)


  • "From Solo to Partner, the First Seven Days," TRIAL Magazine, August, 2005
  • "Recognize the Strength of a Team of One," TRIAL Magazine, September 2004
  • "Mastiffs and Liability Insurance," Mastiff Club of America Journal No. 4, 2003
  • "Life, Law and Laughter," TRIAL Magazine, July 2003, distributed at the Montana State Bar Continuing Education Seminar, October 11, 2003, reprinted, Sidebar, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • "The 'aha' Moment: Going Through the Motions," TRIAL Magazine, December 2002
  • "A Mother's Gift," TRIAL Magazine, June 2001; "Lazy B: Review of a Novel by Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day," TRIAL Magazine, July 2002
  • "Jury Selection: Why the Old School Methods Don't Work," presented at the National College of Advocacy's Program on Auto Collision Cases, Chicago, Illinois, September 15-16, 2000
  • "Family Law, More Cases We Remember," TRIAL Magazine, April 2000
  • "They Didn't Teach This in Law School," Reflections, TRIAL Magazine, August 1999
  • "The Lawyer and Her Slip Opinion," TRIAL Magazine, July 1996
  • "On Your Own: Do You Have What It Takes?" TRIAL Magazine, March 1996
  • "Protecting Railroad Workers with the ADA," TRIAL Magazine, March 1995


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Mary Louise has tried over 50 cases to verdict;

Represents both plaintiffs and defendants; and

Has been a devoted Chicago Bears fan her entire life.

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