Mahrukh Hussain

General Counsel, McDonald’s USA 

Mahrukh Hussain currently serves as General Counsel for McDonald’s USA. Mahrukh began her career at McDonald’s in 2000 in Oak Brook, Illinois. Her prior roles at McDonald’s have included leading the legal teams responsible for supporting real estate development in the Central Division and East Divisions of McDonald’s USA, serving as General Counsel for the Central Division of McDonald’s USA, and from June 2011-June 2013 serving as Vice President, General Counsel for McDonald’s Europe, during which time she and her family resided in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mahrukh assumed her current role as U.S. General Counsel in June 2013. In this role, she is directly responsible for overseeing a wide scope of legal issues affecting the U.S. business of McDonald’s Corporation, including franchising, real estate, safety and security, litigation, technology, supply chain and marketing. She is also responsible for the day-to-day management of a team of over 80 lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff within the Legal Department.

In addition to her role as General Counsel, McDonald’s USA, Mahrukh assumed the role of Corporate Secretary for Ronald McDonald’s House Charities (RMHC), an Illinois not-for-profit corporation in May 2018. The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Mahrukh spent 4 years working as an Associate at the law firm of Schwartz, Cooper, Greenberger and Krauss and one year as a judicial clerk for Justice Rita Garman, currently the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Mahrukh received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, Illinois in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996.

Mahrukh and her husband, Faiyaz, have two sons, Ammar and Nabeel. They reside in the Chicago west suburbs.