Mary Ellen Pisanelli

SVP Legal & Administration at Welltower

Mary Ellen Pisanelli is Senior Vice President – Legal and Administration of Welltower Inc. Joining the company in July 2017, she provides legal support across the company’s portfolio of U.S.-based real estate assets and oversees a number of corporate administrative functions. Prior to joining Welltower, she served as a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and was previously a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She was also Shumaker’s Relationship Partner for Welltower and Co-Chair of the firm’s REIT practice group. During her time at Shumaker, Ms. Pisanelli led the team supporting numerous successful debt and equity offerings including Welltower’s 2016 issuance of $700 million of 10-year unsecured debt, Welltower’s largest single-tranche debt offering in its history. Since 2005, she has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America.” Active in the Northwest Ohio community, Ms. Pisanelli is Chair of the Board of Trustees for The University of Toledo. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Toledo Museum of Art, where she chairs the Audit Committee. Ms. Pisanelli is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a past President of the Board of Directors for the Toledo Zoo. She earned her J.D. from Temple University School of Law, her M.A. from the University of Chicago and B.A. from the University of Vermont, graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of the Mary Jean Simpson Outstanding Woman of the Year Award.


  • SVP Legal & Administration

    Current role


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