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Maura Fay McIlvain

Partner; Co-Chair, Media Law Practice Group
Primary Office
1500 Market St., Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7252
Fax(215) 575-7200


Millie A. Ferrier
Direct(215) 575-7083

Maura Fay McIlvain is a partner in the Litigation Department. Maura represents clients in claims under federal statutes and provisions governing civil rights, securities, RICO, anti-trust, bankruptcy, and credit reporting. She also represents clients in claims under state statutes and common law governing contracts, employment, defamation, malpractice, conspiracy, and privacy. Additionally, Maura handles matters relating to the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions.

She also has extensive experience in matters initiated in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, primarily on the East Coast, as well as in alternative-dispute resolution.

Maura’s successes include the June 2011 Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision affirming dismissal of plaintiff’s claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and under state law for conversion, conspiracy and invasion of privacy-false light, and the August 2011 Superior Court of Pennsylvania decision dismissing, as moot, plaintiff’s appeal of an order granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the grounds that plaintiff was defamation proof.

Maura is part of a team of Dilworth lawyers who represent McKesson Corporation on a regular basis.

Representative Experience

  • Represents newspapers and reporters in various defamation suits.
  • Represented a bankruptcy Trustee in an adversary case against the directors and officers of a now bankrupt independent television station.
  • Represented a former CFO of a now bankrupt specialty finance company in a shareholder derivative suit, a suit by bondholders, and a suit by the Trustee in bankruptcy.
  • Represented a former CFO of a publicly-traded company in an investigation conducted by the SEC.
  • Represented a major law firm and three of its attorneys in a legal malpractice action resulting in a beneficial settlement.
  • Obtained defense verdict after four-week jury trial on claims under the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1871 and state law.
  • Current representation of an officer of a defunct publicly-traded company in a series of class action securities cases.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Board Member Emeritus, Volunteer Philadelphia Society for Services to Children (past President of the Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Committee of Seventy

Professional Recognition

  • Super Lawyers, 2005 – 2006, 2008, 2011 – 2015.
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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1987
  • A.B., Georgetown University, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • United States District Court District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court