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Brian Melendez Named Office Managing Member of Dykema Minneapolis Office

Accomplished Litigator to Lead Continued Growth of Firm’s Minnesota Operation

May 22, 2014

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Brian Melendez, a member of the Business Litigation Group, has been named Office Managing Member of Dykema's Minneapolis Office.

Melendez focuses his practice on consumer financial litigation and business litigation. He has represented a number of Fortune 500 companies in contractual disputes ranging from defending breach of contract claims and business torts to negotiating software contracts to prosecuting covenants not to compete. Melendez has also litigated cases under many federal and state consumer protection laws, including the Consumer Credit Protection Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACT Act), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Minnesota Prevention of Consumer Fraud Act.

Throughout the past decade, Melendez has represented credit card issuers in more than 200 cases, including a dozen nationwide class actions and numerous federal appeals; and has handled consumer-protection court cases in 40 states, including 29 federal district courts, 10 bankruptcy courts, and 19 state courts.

“Brian is an exceptional litigator with deep roots in the Minnesota legal and business communities,” said Peter Kellett, Dykema Chairman and CEO. “His proven leadership and exceptional client service skills will propel continued growth of our Minneapolis office.”

In addition to his practice, Melendez is active in pro bono matters, handling cases in the areas of consumer credit, consumer fraud and fair debt collection practices.

Before joining Dykema in 2013, Melendez was a partner in an AmLaw 100 firm. For the past decade, he has served as a Contributing Editor in the area of parliamentary law for Black's Law Dictionary. Melendez has also served as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law.