June 1, 2023

Mayor Johnson Appoints Mary Richardson-Lowry to Serve Corporation Counsel

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CHICAGO — Today, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced Mary Richardson-Lowry will serve as the City of Chicago’s Corporation Counsel. As the lead attorney for the City of Chicago, Richardson-Lowry will provide legal counsel and representation for the City’s Departments, Boards, and the Chicago City Council.   

“I’m proud to announce Mary Richardson-Lowry as the City of Chicago’s Corporation Counsel and am grateful for the expertise she brings to this role from her accomplished legal career,” said Mayor Johnson. “I look forward to working closely with Mary in order to advance our administration’s commitments to ethics, accountability, and transparency, and fostering a city government that efficiently delivers for residents and taxpayers.”   

“I’m honored to serve as the City of Chicago’s Corporation Counsel and look forward to working with the Johnson administration, as well as the City’s many departments, boards, and City Council, to pursue an ethical, equitable city government that is responsible in its use of taxpayer dollars and transparent to the public,” said Richardson-Lowry. “Having begun my career at the City of Chicago’s Law Department, I’m humbled for the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”  

Richardson-Lowry brings to the role an extensive legal background, including serving as a former partner at Mayer Brown LLC, former General Counsel at privately held Ililewa, former Chair of the Chicago Community Trust, former Buildings Commissioner, and various other legal, leadership, and management roles within the city of Chicago.   

This role also marks a return to the City of Chicago for Richardson-Lowry, who spent her formative career years as an attorney in the Law Department for the City of Chicago.  

Richardson-Lowry holds a juris doctor degree from Texas Southern University and a bachelor’s degree in both International Relations and Speech Communications from San Francisco University.