University of Illinois College of Law,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Illinois USDC, Northern District
Trial Bar of the Illinois USDC, Northern District
Listed in "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Commercial Litigation in Illinois, 2022 (by BL Rankings)
Included in Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (by Thomson Reuters), 2021-2022
Oy!Chicago's 36 Under 36 List, 2020
Thompson Coburn LLP
City of Chicago Department of Law
Assistant Corporation Counsel, 2015-2019
Litigation Consultant Counsel, January 2014-December 2015
City of Chicago Department of Law
University of Illinois College of Law Prosecutorial Fellow, August 2013-January 2014
Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Board
Vice President, 2021- Present
Nominating & Governance Committee Member, 2019-2021
Executive Board Member, Board Events, 2018-2019
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Young Leadership Division Board, Member, 2021-Present
Young Lawyers Group, Committee Member, 2013-Present
Public Interest Law Initiative
Young Professional Board Member, 2020-Present
University of Illinois Marching Illini
Alumni Color Guard, 2010-Present
University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board
Board Member, 2015-2017
Decalogue Society of Lawyers
Board of Managers, Board Member, 2013-2020
Melissa Gold is an experienced litigator who assists a diverse range of clients in all aspects of state and federal litigation. Melissa approaches every matter with an in-house lawyer's efficiency and a prosecutor's passion.
At Thompson Coburn, Melissa has played a key role in matters involving internal investigations, regulatory compliance, contract disputes, shareholder disputes, consumer class actions, constitutional litigation, and complex commercial litigation. She also serves as a contributor of the Firm's Food Fight blog, which is dedicated to delivering relevant industry insights and timely legal updates to food and beverage industry stakeholders. You can check out Food Fight here: https://www.thompsoncoburn.com/insights/blogs/food-fight.
Before joining Thompson Coburn, Melissa was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. As an ACC, Melissa defended against federal civil rights and state law lawsuits where she tried several jury trials and served as lead counsel in over 100 depositions. She also worked in-house at McDonald's Corporation where she consulted on domestic commercial litigation and served on e-discovery teams to support internal investigations. As a prosecutor, Melissa tried over 180 cases on behalf of the City of Chicago.
In law school, Melissa was an Editor of the Frederick Green Moot Court Illinois Team and managed litigation matters as a 711 licensed law student in the Civil Litigation Clinic. Melissa also served as a legal extern for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, a judicial extern for Justice Robert E. Gordon of the First District Illinois Appellate Court, and a judicial extern for Judge Alfred L. Levinson of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Before law school, Melissa worked as a congressional intern for then U.S. Senator Barack Obama.
Food & Beverage Consumer Labeling Litigation
American Agricultural Law Association CLE Webinar April 2021
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