Melissa Brabender

Senior Associate

(312) 201-8310


Melissa Brabender

Attorney Melissa Brabender is Senior Associate in the firm. Ms. Brabender represents clients in BitTorrent copyright defense, employment and labor law, and assists firm Principal Jeffrey Antonelli in the Drone/UAS Practice Group. In addition to federal and state court litigation, Ms. Brabender also assists clients with employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements.
Ms. Brabender has represented clients in federal, state, and administrative proceedings for employment-related lawsuits, including claims arising under Title VII, Section 1981 and 1983 Civil Rights, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the American’s with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She has substantial trial experience, deposition experience, and experience representing multiple plaintiffs in actions in state and federal court. She has successfully argued numerous contested substantive motions at the federal, state, and administrative level, and has obtained multiple six-figure judgments in both state and federal court.

A native of Ohio, Ms. Brabender obtained her Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law, where she graduated with honors and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Melissa is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois. She is a member of the Supreme Court of Illinois and the General Bar of the Northern District of Illinois. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business where she majored in Accounting and graduated with honors.

Please note that Ms. Brabender is currently on maternity leave.