SpencePC Welcomes Our Newest Associates

Please join SpencePC in welcoming Michael McDonough and Vani Vedam to our team of talented legal minds.

Michael McDonough

Michael McDonough is an associate in the complex commercial litigation practice group of SpencePC. He concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and resolving various business disputes for clients ranging from individuals to large corporations. Michael counsels his clients on a wide array of business and litigation issues.

Michael has experience trying cases in both state and federal court, including trial experience in the Circuit Court of Cook County, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and national arbitration proceedings. In addition to his trial experience, Michael has extensive experience with all aspects of complex civil litigation including oral discovery, dispositive motion practice, and representing clients in mediations and court order settlement negotiations.

Prior to joining SpencePC, Michael worked with both large and boutique litigation firms in Chicago allowing him to gain extensive practical experience litigating cases locally and across the country.

Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Le Moyne College, in Syracuse, New York in political science. While attending Le Moyne, Michael was a four-year varsity athlete on the men’s basketball team serving as a co-captain his senior year. Michael earned his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in Dayton, Ohio. While in law school, Michael served as a law clerk for both the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania as well as the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Further, Michael was awarded the CALI Award for Excellence in Trial Practice in 2012 and the CALI Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2011. He also served as co-captain of the law school’s National Mock Trial Team in 2012-2013. Michael received the university’s Pro Bono Commitment to Community Award in 2013.

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Vani Vedam

Throughout her career, Ms. Vedam worked in various types of complex litigation matters including commercial litigation, breach of contract, creditors rights’ and labor. Additionally, Ms. Vedam is a registered patent agent with the USPTO.

Ms. Vedam received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chemistry, Psychology and Political Science in 2002. While she was earning her Bachelor’s, she worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an intern in the Office of Research Analysis for a semester investigating statistics and information on asthma for a pilot website intended for the EPA technical staff and senior managers in her last year of college. Ms. Vedam earned her law degree from The John Marshall Law School of Chicago in 2005.

Prior to joining Spence PC, Ms. Vedam worked at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General for several years representing the Illinois Department of Labor prosecuting employers for their failure to pay their employees correctly. Ms. Vedam worked in private practice before the Office of the Illinois Attorney General representing companies in breach of contract actions, commercial litigation, and creditors rights litigation. By her seventh year, she had handled hundreds of bench trials and two appeals.

Ms. Vedam is very active in the legal community and bar associations. She is a former president of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago and currently sits on its Advisory Board. She is an active member of the South Asian Bar Association of North America, Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.

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