Mary Ellen Conner

Academic Professional

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B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, with Honors

Courses Taught

Civil Procedure I and Civil Procedure II

Career Highlights

Prior to joining Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School faculty, Professor Conner began practicing as a complex commercial litigation attorney at Jones Day in Atlanta, Georgia. Following Jones Day, she served as Counsel at a boutique white collar defense firm, Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever LLP, specializing in government investigations, False Claims Act litigation, and cyber security. While in private practice, Professor Conner was an Instructor at the Keissler Eidson Trial Techniques Program at Emory University School of Law.

During law school, Professor Conner served as an Articles Editor on the North Carolina Law Review and was awarded the Eugene Gressman and Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award for outstanding oral advocacy by Holderness Moot Court. Professor Conner also served as a summer clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Conrad, Jr., Chief Judge for the Western District of North Carolina.

Admitted to Practice

Georgia; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; and Georgia state courts


“The ‘Advice-of-Counsel’ Defense: Cautionary Tales for Counsel in False Claims Act Cases,” American Health Lawyers Association, April 2017
Buyers Beware: The Drug Supply Chain Security Act and the False Claims Act,” American Health Lawyers Association Fraud & Abuse, April 2017

Media, Public & Professional Appearances

Speaker, “Responding to Governmental Civil Investigative Demands and Government Subpoenas,” Clear Law Institute, February 21, 2017

Outside the Classroom

Professor Conner currently serves as a volunteer judge at Empire Mock Trial in Atlanta. Additionally, from 2011 to 2016, Professor Conner worked as a volunteer attorney for the Truancy Intervention Group.