Ursula Irwin


Notre Dame Law School,
J.D., 1992

Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A. Science, 1989

Ursula Irwin is Irwin IP’s Director of Professional and Business Development.  Her job entails a variety of professional and business-related functions.  Ursula came to Irwin IP with a vast array of legal industry knowledge, having been a licensed, practicing attorney in the State of Illinois for over twenty-seven (27) years.  Ursula is responsible for providing individualized career planning and professional development for current Irwin IP attorneys, and enhancing employee satisfaction and promoting an appropriate work-life balance.  She also concentrates on attorney recruitment, including spearheading and organizing the Summer Associate program.   Additionally, she focuses time and energy on business development.

Ursula attended Indiana University, Bloomington for her undergraduate education and earned a Bachelor of Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1989.  While a student, she also studied at Erasmus University, a public administration college in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School while also participating in the London Law Program. She obtained her law license in Illinois in 1992.

Ursula has spent the majority of her career focused on providing high quality but affordable legal representation through the Chicago Legal Clinic (CLC), the Court Appointed Special Advocacy Program (CASA), and the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS).  She also spent several years running her own solo practice in Burr Ridge, Illinois and most recently worked as an attorney for a small litigation firm.  Ursula has always been active at various levels with several legal service organizations and associations.  She is currently a member of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, the Professional Development Consortium: Chicago Chapter, and the Legal Marketing Association:  Midwest Region, Small/Solo Firm Group.

Ursula has been married to the Founding Partner of Irwin IP for 25 years and they have two adult daughters, Cassidy (25) and Courtney (22).