O'Grady, Mary R.

  Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Mary O'Grady's practice focuses on appeals, civil litigation and administrative law. As a former Solicitor General for the State of Arizona, Mary has a unique breadth of experience with public law issues. She has represented the State of Arizona and public officials in a variety of complex, high profile lawsuits and appeals in state and federal court. Her work has included ten cases that the United States Supreme Court heard on the merits. Mary's areas of expertise include election and campaign finance law, the Voting Rights Act, State constitutional law, government contracts, state legislation, open meeting and public records laws, redistricting and school finance. Mary has also worked extensively in the area of tribal-state relations, with a particular focus on tribal-state agreements.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Arizona State University, 1987; Order of the Coif, Arizona State Law Journal, writer, 1985-1986
  • M.A., History,University of California at Santa Barbara, 1984
  • B.A., History, summa cum laude, Arizona State University, 1980; Phi Beta Kappa

Representative Matters

American Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v Bennett, 564 U.S. ____ (2011)

Purcell v. Gonzalez, 549 U.S. 1 (2006) (per curiam)

Significant Amicus Briefs

Amicus Brief on behalf of Selected States in Citizens United v. FEC, 130 S. Ct. 876 (2010)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1987

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2002
  • Arizona Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1987