MARCH 31, 2008
SHARON A. WILDEY, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellant, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 00 L 15059
MARY PAULSEN, ) Honorable
) Randye Kogan,
Defendant-Appellee. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE CUNNINGHAM delivered the opinion of the court:
The plaintiff, Sharon Wildey, filed a lawsuit for legal malpractice against the defendant, Mary
Paulsen, in the circuit court of Cook County. Wildey argued that Paulsen’s malpractice caused the
reversal of a $178,000 judgment against her former fiancee. The trial court held that Paulsen
committed legal malpractice and was liable for damages in the amount of $100. Wildey now appeals
the order of the trial court. For the following reasons, we affirm the judgment of circuit court.
Sharon Wildey, an attorney licensed in Illinois, was engaged to marry Richard Springs. On
or about April 27, 1992, Springs broke the engagement. Wildey subsequently decided to file a
lawsuit against Springs under the Breach of Promise Act (740 ILCS 15/1 (West 1992)) (the Act).
Wildey sought the advice and counsel of her friend, the defendant, attorney Mary Paulsen, to
discuss the lawsuit. Wildey and Paulsen first met for lunch and then at Paulsen’s law office to discuss
details of the Act and the facts of the case. Paulsen’s law partner, Beth Havel, was present for the