Perspectiva General

Melissa L. McDonagh has extensive experience litigating on behalf of employers in single plaintiff and class and collective actions involving:

  • Business competition
  • Wage and hour law
  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Failure to accommodate
  • Wrongful termination

Early on in litigation, Melissa implements a plan of action based on a big picture strategy driven to achieve a company’s business goals.

In her counseling practice, she partners with employers to provide practical, forward-thinking advice on policies, contracts and other measures to avoid litigation. This includes conducting high-level harassment or whistleblower retaliation investigations, counseling regarding complex protected leave, discipline and termination issues and advising on best policy practices. To protect valuable company assets, Melissa also works with employers to draft multi-state compliant restrictive covenant agreements to fit a company’s unique needs. Melissa’s counseling and litigation experience enables her to formulate effective strategies for addressing the broad array of complex issues involved with mergers, acquisitions, reductions in force, business re-organization and shut downs.

Prior to joining Littler, Melissa practiced at a Chicago-based litigation firm where she represented a number of businesses, hospitals, and healthcare corporations involved in complex litigation.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias

Member, Board of Directors

Casa Myrna

2018-present

Co-Chair

Community Outreach Committee

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

2013-2014

Co-Chair

Young Lawyers Committee

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

2012-2013

Member, Associate Board of Directors

Gilda’s Club

2005-2012

Reconocimiento

Named, Emerging Lawyer

Illinois Leading Lawyers

2015

Named, Rising Star

Illinois

Super Lawyers

2013 and 2014

Recipient, White Inker & Aronson Award

Boston College Law School

2004

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

Coveting Covenants: A Deep Dive into Noncompetes – Their Risks and Rewards

2019 New England Employer Conference, Newton, MA

September 27, 2019

Legal Update

New England Employer Conference

November 8, 2018

Navigating Uncharted Waters: The New Massachusetts Noncompetition Law

September 17, 2018

Navigating Non-Competes: Risks, Rewards and Innovation

December 2017

Illinois Employment Law Update

October 22, 2014

Educación

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2004
  • B.A., Boston College, 2001cum laude

Admisión de la barra

Massachusetts
Illinois

Cortes

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit