Entrusted with substantive and complex roles and responsibilities early in her career, Ariel Wilson is a mentally strong, well-prepared, and respected rival in the courtroom. Analyzing cases with a detail-oriented and fresh perspective, she understands that the best result requires finding creative solutions to problems and being a fierce advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Above all, Ariel is personally invested in her clients. She is deeply devoted to them as people and achieving the outcome they desire.
Ariel is a litigator and feels at home in a courtroom. She has handled all aspects of litigation, from counseling clients, developing case strategy, and conducting discovery, to defending and taking depositions, drafting pleadings and motions, arguing motions in court, and leading trial teams. She has successfully litigated cases in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States in a wide variety of areas, including white collar crimes, antitrust law, labor and employment, insurance litigation, malpractice, transactional work, franchise law, fraud, and general commercial litigation.
Outside of the courtroom, Ariel is a proud two-time graduate of the University of Michigan and loves to discuss Michigan football and basketball, late nights in the Reading Room, and favorite Ann Arbor restaurants. Ariel and her husband also have two Schnoodle “fur” children, Lincoln and Mowgli, who keep them on their toes.
Judicial Intern, Hon. Arthur J. Tarnow, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2012)
- Secured a $60 million settlement on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Ariel’s client in a False Claims Act case involving fraudulent hospital upcoding.
- First-chaired a jury trial team in a construction and fraud case filed against Ariel’s homeowner client. On the eve of trial, the plaintiff construction company not only dismissed its lawsuit in full, but also provided the homeowner with a favorable settlement in order to get out of a case that it had originally filed.
- Drafted a motion to dismiss a fiduciary duty and breach of contract case based on a complex and little-known pleading deficiency that implicated federal and state procedural law. The Northern District of Illinois granted Ariel’s motion and the decision was affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in an opinion by Judge Easterbrook.
- Successfully drafted and argued a motion for summary judgment in front of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a white collar and employment retaliation case. The Western District of Kentucky granted the summary judgment motion, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on appeal, resulting in a dismissal of the lawsuit filed against Ariel’s client.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2014, cum laude
Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review
University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science and International Studies, 2010, with highest distinction
James B. Angell Scholar
LSA Student Government, Executive Board
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Michigan Law Alumni Club of Chicago, Steering Committee
Honors & AwardsIllinois Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters' Illinois Super Lawyers (2009-2020)
Ariel feels a duty to have public service be a key part of her professional career and, therefore, has devoted significant time to pro bono initiatives. This service has included representing homeowners and families against fraudulent claims and house foreclosures, acting as a field attorney during elections to ensure voter access and eliminate voting barriers, and presenting courses on legal issues to students at Chicago Public Schools.