Leslie A. Melo

Counsel | Chicago

Industry Experience:

Leslie has a passion for eDiscovery and information law. Whether drafting ESI protocols, reviewing forensic analysis, interfacing with IT professionals, drafting search protocols, overseeing large document review projects, or working on a complex case, Leslie enjoys approaching any task creatively, through analysis and strategic problem-solving. Clients describe Leslie as attentive, reliable, and responsive, not just to the problem at hand, but to their overall needs and goals.

Some of Leslie’s recent work experience includes:

  • Drafting briefs to defeat a motion to compel and a motion for sanctions for spoliation in a multi-million dollar non-compete case
  • Providing assistance with eDiscovery matters, including overseeing review and production, preparing collection protocols, responding to motions to compel and third-party subpoenas, and producing confidential electronic information
  • Serving a critical role on the trial team for a trade secrets case and serving as second chair in a federal jury trial on a First Amendment claim, obtaining a jury verdict in the client’s favor
  • Providing assistance with discovery, translation of Spanish documents, and successful summary judgment briefing in multi-million dollar copyright infringement case
  • Assisting with summary judgment briefing and trial preparation in defending a $50 million legal malpractice case that was settled shortly before trial
  • Conducting a federal evidentiary hearing in a Section 1983 civil rights case, drafting appellate briefs and arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit regarding the same

Prior to joining Redgrave LLP, Leslie was an associate at Husch Blackwell LLP focusing her practice on litigation and eDiscovery.

Organizational Involvement & Memberships:

Leslie is a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Bar Association, the Milwaukee Bar Association, and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. She has been recognized for several years by Super Lawyers as one of Wisconsin’s Rising Stars.


Leslie received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. Leslie is fluent in Spanish. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin.