Melissa M. Hewitt


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Melissa Hewitt brings wide-ranging experience to her role as a litigator. From drafting pleadings, discovery requests, responses, briefs and dispositive motions, to taking and defending depositions and preparing for trial, Melissa is skilled at all stages of litigation. She has represented clients in putative class actions, including employers and timekeeping companies in actions filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Melissa also represents clients in cases involving breach of contract, business torts and trade secrets.

Her background also includes negotiating contracts, drafting and negotiating licensing and transfer agreements, and counseling clients on trademark and copyright protection and enforcement issues. Melissa’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, which she represented in products liability and premises liability matters.


  • Representing clients in class actions alleging violation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Represented freight transportation company in putative class action. Case settled favorably following enforcement of arbitration.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association of Chicago


  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Junior Board


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois


  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2015; Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Notes Editor
  • B.A., Cornell University, 2012