Stephanie L. Melnick

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Litigation / Dispute Resolution: (See Representative Cases)

  • Part of lead counsel team representing independent pharmacies in multi-district antitrust litigation against drug manufacturers related to pricing of brand-name prescription drugs.
  • Recovered funds for elderly client related to investment advisor’s fraud.
  • Won default judgment in favor of client lessor and defended judgment on appeal. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed in a published case, East Winds Props., LLC v. Jahnke, 2009 WI App 125, 320 Wis.2d 797.
  • Secured reversal of trial court’s summary judgment in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals related to experts’ affidavits.  McDonald Enters./Fond du Lac Ltd. P’ship v. Excel Eng’g, Inc., 2007 WI App 130, 329 Wis.2d 269.
  • Settled contract dispute against large public company on behalf of local non-profit.
  • Settled post-sale contract dispute related to international manufacturer’s purchase of client subsidiary’s assets.


  • Counseled publishing-related franchise owner related to franchise acquisition and related contracts.
  • Secured federal trademark registrations for small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Negotiated peaceful owner separations for corporations and limited liability companies and drafted related contracts.
  • Implemented succession plan for family-owned business enabling a smooth transition to second generation.
  • In cooperation with owners, examined best practices for business operation, transition, and finances and prepared agreements to memorialize owners’ decisions.
  • Negotiated and drafted asset purchase agreements related to business clients selling or purchasing assets or stock.

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • University of Wisconsin (J.D. 1994)
  • University of Wisconsin, graduated with distinction (B.A. 1990)

Professional Associations:

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • State Bar of Wisconsin Public Education Committee
      • Chair K-12 Education Sub-Committee
        • Reinventing Court Eye program for use in Wisconsin high schools
        • Heading committee of lawyers and teachers to create a middle school mock trial program
  • Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
    • Advisory Council Member
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • Women’s Focus
    • President
  • Caregiver Connection of Ozaukee County
  • Mequon – Thiensville Chamber of Commerce
  • North Shore Senior Resource Network
  • Wisconsin Business Owners Network / Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs (WBON / WWE)


Community Involvement

  •  Maple Dale Indian Hill School Foundation Board of Trustees (2008-2010)
  • Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
    • Vice President (2006-2010)
    • Financial Secretary (2005-2006)
    • Member, Board of Trustees (2002-2013)
    • Co-chair Social Action Committee (2003-present)
  • Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader (2007-2010)
  • B’nai B’rith Youth Organization
    • Advisor, Shemesh BBG (2000-2004)

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