Marc J. Ansel

Marc J. Ansel

"Communication between lawyer and client is the most important element in managing business litigation."

Marc J. Ansel is a veteran litigator who brings over 40 years of trial experience to Meyer Capel. He is a respected trial lawyer concentrating in business and commercial litigation, including corporate, contract and fiduciary disputes, trade secret, intellectual property and unfair competition, employment construction disputes, arbitration and mediation, injury and insurance matters.

As counsel for individuals and businesses of all sizes, Mr. Ansel handles complex commercial cases in State & Federal Courts in Illinois. He has represented clients in numerous jury and bench trials, as well as appeals before all state appellate courts, the Illinois Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Ansel is also experienced in various types of alternative dispute resolution, as an advocate, and arbitrator, and a mediator.

Mr. Ansel’s professional memberships include: the American Bar Association; the Illinois State Bar Association; a Founding Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation; Champaign County Bar Association.


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Mr. Ansel attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1971. Activities & Societies there include Phi Beta Kappa, James Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi, Zeta Beta Tau, and Student representative on Campus-wide Conference on Conduct Governance.

Mr. Ansel received his J.D. in 1974 from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Community and Civic Engagement

Additional professional and community activities have included: University of Illinois Global Education and Training Program (Chinese Executive Leadership Program) Presenter: Structure of American Government (2016 – date); Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law Trial Advocacy Program (since 2002-2017); Illinois Supreme Court appointment to the Committee on Character & Fitness of the Illinois Board of Admissions Character and Fitness Committee (2005 – 2011); Illinois Supreme Court’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Inquiry Board (1984-1986); representative to the Illinois Bar Association General Assembly (1982-1988); Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (1995-2002); Champaign County Historical Museum Board (1982 - 1984); Provena-Covenant Foundation Board; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Community Development Board (2000 – 2006; 2012 - date) Co-Chair (2003-2006; 2016 - 2018); United Way Campaign Cabinet (2011)

Awards and Recognition

Mr. Ansel has maintained an AV Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 1980, meeting very high criteria of performance and general ethical standards. Since 2008, Mr. Ansel has been recognized by his peers as a “Top 100 Downstate Leading Lawyer” by the Leading Lawyer Network, and as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” in business litigation.

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