Melanie J. Chico


Melanie Chico is the assistant practice group leader for Dykema’s business litigation practice and co-lead of the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) practice team. She litigates complicated, high-stakes business disputes with the least disruption to the client while finding workable solutions both in and out of court. Every new matter is an opportunity to learn the facts, assess the law, and deploy her skills to successfully resolve disputes.

Although Melanie prefers to bring common sense and creative problem-solving to the fight rather than a scorched-earth approach, she is always prepared to go toe-to-toe with the other side to pursue the client’s best interests. Her experience spans various industries with a client roster that includes automotive, real estate developers, trading companies, retailers, insurance carriers, financial institutions, and local governmental units.

The scope of Melanie’s practice is broad and deep. She has appeared in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and mediations in cases with claims involving breach of contract, business torts, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, workplace disputes, restrictive covenants, constitutional challenges, antitrust, construction defects, intellectual property, and class action defense.

Melanie has also represented players in the auto industry in matters involving product liability, breach of warranty, consumer fraud, subrogation, premises liability, technology and intellectual property, and dealer claims. 

General counsel and C-suite executives count on Melanie to assess and manage risk outside the courtroom, too. She advises clients on regulatory and statutory compliance, keeping watch for costly pitfalls and obstacles, especially at the state level, where local laws governing privacy, employee data, COVID directives, and other consumer and worker protections differ substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

An ardent proponent for developing the next generation of Dykema attorneys and giving back to the community, Melanie serves on the firm’s Litigation Training Committee, mentors up-and-coming lawyers and colleagues, regularly handles pro bono matters, and was the Hiring Member for the Chicago office for six years.

My greatest advantage is perspective—the foresight, hindsight, and insight from my broad range of commercial litigation experience on both sides of the courtroom.
    • University of Chicago, J.D.
    • Duke University, B.A.
  • Bar Admissions

    • Illinois, 2007
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • Named to the Crain's Chicago Business "Notable Women in Law" list, 2022

    • Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and the Federal Bar Association
    • Margaret A. Costello Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
    • Edwin F. Mandel Award for Exceptional Contributions to the University of Chicago Law School's Clinical Program
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Dykema Women’s Business Initiative, Chicago Leader

Latest News and Insights

Blog Posts9.26.23

Employers Beware – New Life for an Old Statute: Cook County Class Action Litigation Under the Genetic Information Privacy Act

This year, the Cook County docket has seen an influx of class action claims seeking redress under an…

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Dykema Litigation Institute Webinars8.16.23

From Clicks to Courtrooms: Unraveling Emerging Litigation in Adtech, Pixels, Cookies, Website Tracking, BIPA and Data Breaches

Our panel will discuss the evolving legal challenges and compliance issues associated with common…

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Press Mentions5.31.23

Melanie Chico Discusses Illinois as a Venue for Data Privacy Trials in Axios

Melanie Chico, co-leader of Dykema's Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) practice team, was…

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