Leslie A. Melo

Counsel | Chicago

Industry Experience:

Leslie is a skilled and experienced litigator with 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, developing best practice guidelines on enterprise-level eDiscovery, or assisting with complex challenges to eDiscovery efforts in high-stakes litigation, Leslie approaches tasks creatively, through detailed analysis and strategic problem-solving. Clients describe Leslie as attentive, detail-oriented, reliable, and responsive, not just to the problem at hand but to their overall needs and goals.

Some of Leslie’s recent eDiscovery work experience includes:

  • Managing large-scale document collections, reviews, and productions in multi-million-dollar complex litigation cases
  • Interfacing with clients’ eDiscovery vendors regularly regarding database management issues, running search term reports, creating review batches, applying email threading, and using technology assisted review
  • Drafting review protocols and training and overseeing contract attorneys and outside counsel attorneys in large-scale document reviews
  • Drafting briefs in response to various eDiscovery issues raised in motions to compel, motions for sanctions, and motions for protective orders
  • Drafting objections to definitions, instructions, discovery requests, and Rule 30(b)(6) topics that raise challenging and unique eDiscovery issues
  • Researching and drafting legal memoranda on issues related to attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine, spoliation, direct access to an opponent’s information or technical systems, and privilege log requirements
  • Assisting clients in assessing the sufficiency of preservation and collection efforts and the potential risks in their productions, privilege logs, or conferral positions with opposing counsel
  • Advising clients on issues such as privilege, structure of legal hold letters, and preservation requirements

Some of Leslie’s prior litigation 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
  • Assisting 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
  • Assisting with discovery, translation of Spanish documents, and successful summary judgment briefing in a multi-million-dollar copyright infringement case
  • Assisting with summary judgment briefing and trial preparation in defending a $50 million legal malpractice case that 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.

Education:

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.