Melanie concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law, insurance law including coverage matters and coverage litigation, and litigation of a variety of civil and commercial matters. She has experience advising employers in best practices, policy and procedure, and navigating the complex landscape of local state and federal laws impacting the employment relationship. Melanie represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and diverse local human relations commissions, as well as in state and federal court in litigated employment matters. She also represents insurers in a variety of coverage related matters including declaratory judgments and bad faith defense. Her general civil litigation practice includes commercial litigation in a variety of commercial and insurance settings.

Areas of Specialty
Employment Law
Insurance Law

Hofstra University, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D.
DePauw University, B.A.

Indiana Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Women Lawyers Association
• Executive Committee, 2014

Lake County Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association
• Litigation Section, Section Chair 2001-2002
• Labor and Employment Section
• Editorial Board Chair 1998-1999
• Budget Committee 2003-2004

American Bar Association
• Tort and Insurance Law Section
• Women Advocate Committee
• Labor and Employment Section
• Law Practice Management Section
• Women Rainmakers Committee

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), 1998-present; SPHR certification 1999-2005