Melissa is one of the only few Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Illinois. She concentrates her practice in elder law, which includes Medicaid planning and applications, adult guardianship estates, trust and estate administration, and estate planning. Melissa also serves as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and counsel for Respondents in guardianship estates.
Melissa has been named as an “Emerging Lawyer” in the field of Elder Law by the Leading Lawyers Network since 2018. Less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each state have receive the distinction of Emerging Lawyer. Melissa has also been named as an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the field of Elder Law since 2018. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5% of attorneys in each state.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys travelling, playing and watching sports, hiking, and spending time at her family’s camp on Twin Lakes in Upper Michigan. Melissa resides in Chicago with her husband, Dan, and their 4 cats - Izzy, Bitsy, Iris, and Leo.
Elder Law Certification
Awards & Honors
Melissa has been licensed to practice law since 2014. Prior to joining Dutton Casey & Mesoloras in January 2013 as a law clerk, Melissa clerked for an elder law firm in her hometown of Marquette, Michigan. In addition, she worked at the UIC John Marshall Law School Veteran’s Clinic throughout her law school education.
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