Melissa joined the firm in 2012 after working as an associate in the Silicon Valley and Chicago offices of a large international law firm. Her diverse practice includes civil litigation, intellectual property, contract disputes, business torts, shareholder litigation and eminent domain.
While at Northwestern, Melissa was involved in a number of student organizations, including the Public Interest Law Group (PILG) and the Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship Program (SFPIF). During her first two years of law school, Melissa worked as an intern at the Bluhm Legal Clinic, where she helped develop an initiative to improve family involvement in juvenile proceedings in Cook County Juvenile Court. Melissa also was co-director and choreographer for the infamous Wigmore Follies.
During her time at Figliulo & Silverman, Melissa has been involved in a variety of complex litigation and has been successful in obtaining a number of favorable opinions on critical issues. Her successes at Figliulo & Silverman have included:
Assisting in obtaining a favorable eminent domain judgment on behalf of the City of Joliet in an 18 month trial before Judge Norgle in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The trial involved significant motion practice on complicated legal and evidentiary issues, relating both to Illinois eminent domain law and the federal Fair Housing Act. Melissa was instrumental in obtaining a ruling that significantly limited the weight and effect of expert testimony on survey data that served as the focal point of the Fair Housing Act claims against the City of Joliet.
Obtaining a favorable summary judgment ruling in a complex trade secret and breach of joint venture action.
Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2010)
University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., with honors, 2005)