Marilee C. Unruh

Marilee C. Unruh is a 1978 graduate of Stanford University. She received her law degree in 1981 from the UCLA School of Law, where she was Chief Articles Editor for the UCLA Law Review. Upon her graduation from UCLA, Marilee clerked for John M. Ferren of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Marilee is a member of the California and Illinois bars. She has broad corporate experience in mergers and acquisitions and employment, manufacturing, distribution, supply and services agreements. Marilee has published articles on mergers and acquisitions with BNA and PLI. She has also published a law review article and given many speeches on adoption issues (especially issues relating to her experience as an adult adoptee and transracial adoptive parent).


  • + Selected Transactions

    Business Acquisitions and Dispositions (Assets or Stock)


    • Acquisitions and dispositions of dozens of medical device businesses, pharmaceutical businesses,  physician practice management businesses, home healthcare businesses, pharmacy networks and other health care businesses by and to private and public companies


    • Acquisitions of groups of gas station/convenience stores by Chicago-based buyer; sale out of bankruptcy (through auction to separate buyers) of approximately 600 gas station/convenience stores


    • Sales of micro-leasing and bank security equipment businesses to strategic buyers; acquisitions of various ingredient and flavoring businesses by U.S. subsidiary of Dutch dairy cooperative;  purchases of controlling interests in retail businesses by private equity funds



    Mergers, Restructurings and Joint Ventures


    • Representation of public communications company in public spin‑off transactions, including multiple mergers and liquidations and tender offers for, and redemptions and defeasances of, public securities


    • Various restructurings for private finance company; multiple joint ventures, in various forms, between dairy product companies; merger of pharma-economics company with public buyer (and subsequent stock repurchase)



    Employment, Manufacturing, Distribution, Supply and Services Agreements


    • Dozens of individual employment agreements and severance arrangements, representing both executives and companies


    • Representation of key employee and employee/seller groups in connection with M&A transactions, including new arrangements with buyers (medical device, pharmacy, IT, on-line marketing and logistics businesses)


    • 100+ manufacturing, distribution, supply and services agreements in many industries
  • + Community Matters

    • Law review article and various speeches on adoption issues (especially issues relating to experience as an adult adoptee and transracial adoptive parent)


    • Coordinator of GGU support with respect to many productions by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago


    • Member, Chicago Finance Exchange

Marilee C. Unruh




T: 312 322-1988

F: 312 322-0056


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Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions

Business Contracts

Employment and Separation Agreements

General Corporate Representation




UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1981


Stanford University, B.A. in Political Science, 1978



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