Melissa concentrates her practice in complex employment class action litigation, including biometric data privacy and wage-and-hour litigation, as well as employment law and counseling.  Her combined legal, human resources and business experience allows her to provide effective and efficient counsel on a variety of strategic and day-to-day issues, including the intersections among FMLA, ADA and workers’ compensation; restrictive covenants; company-wide policy creation and implementation; employee investigations; discipline and termination; and employment agreements. She also has substantial experience representing employers in labor matters as both in-house and outside counsel. Melissa’s experience in class action and complex litigation includes representing employers involved in EEOC “pattern and practice” investigations and lawsuits, as well as actions under FLSA and state wage/hour laws.  

During the past two years, Melissa’s focus on Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) litigation has grown into a substantial practice, including class action defense, compliance, and BIPA employment-related counseling. Melissa represents both employers and timekeeping technology providers in a substantial number of BIPA class action matters, and is considered one of the leading BIPA defense lawyers.  

Before joining Shook, Melissa was a partner at BakerHostetler in Chicago, served as in-house labor and employment counsel for Tribune Company, and held several positions as a human resources executive.

Media

The Top 7 Privacy and Cybersecurity Rulings So Far in 2019, Law360, July 3, 2019.

Employers Face ‘Surge’ of Suits Under Ill. Biometrics Law, Law360, October 30, 2017.

Should Employers Use the Fluctuating Workweek Method? SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), March 13, 2017.