Mei worked her way through evening law school as a law clerk for a firm well-known in the field of representing Social Security disability claimants. She was responsible for working up claims at the administrative level through the preparation of appellate briefs. Mei attributes her ability to build rapport with clients to her experience at the disability firm where she assisted clients ranging from people with previously successful careers to those with drug or alcohol addiction. In dealing with such a range of clientele, she endeavored to make the client feel less intimidated by the legal process and that he or she was an integral member of a team during the process. These are goals that Mei has carried over into her defense of insureds.
Prior to joining Patton & Ryan, Mei spent over 18 years with a small, insurance defense firm. Her clients included subcontractors in a variety of trades and well-known general contractors in the Chicago-area, which provided significant experience in the handling of construction negligence and defect cases. Mei also defended matters involving premises liability, personal and commercial auto accidents, products liability, breach of contract, and insurance coverage. She has practiced before judges in all six municipal districts in Cook County, 12 additional Illinois counties, and federal court. She has successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate Court in the Second and Third Districts. Mei also served as an arbitrator with the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program for five years. In addition, she served for five years as a voluntary, panel counsel for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services representing lower income clients.