Melissa M. McGrath

Melissa M. McGrath

Partner
Location:
Bloomington, Illinois
Phone:
309-807-1308
Fax:
309-827-3458

Ms. McGrath is an experienced attorney concentrating in the areas of Employment Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Personal Injury. Ms. McGrath served as clerk to Justice James A. Knecht of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, from 1991 to 1993 and worked for the Office of Guardianship and Advocacy from 1993 to 1995.

Ms. McGrath was born in 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Illinois State University with her Bachelor of Science in 1980. In 1991, she received her J.D., cum laude, from Southern Illinois University School of Law. She was a Lead Articles Editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. Ms. McGrath was admitted to the Illinois Bar, the U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Illinois in 1991. She is the author of Federal Sentencing Law: Prosecutorial Discretion in Determining Departures Based on Defendant's Cooperation Violates Due Process, published in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Vol. 15, Winter 1991; and Employment Discrimination: Title VII Protections Under Disparate Impact Analysis Drastically Diminished? also published in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Vol. 15, Fall 1990. Ms. McGrath is an active member of the McLean County, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations, as well as the National Employment Lawyer's, Illinois Employment Lawyer's, and American Trial Lawyer's Associations.

Ms. McGrath's legal peers have selected her as a Leading Lawyer.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1995

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Labor Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1995

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
    • J.D. cum laude - 1991
    • Law Journal: Southern Illinois University Law Journal, 1990 - 1991
  • ISU, Normal, IL
    • B.S.
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Sociology

Published Works

  • "Federal Sentencing Law: Prosecutorial Discretion In Determining Departures Based on Defendant's Cooperation Violates Due Process", Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Vol. 15, Winter, 1991
  • "Employment Discrimination: Title VII Protections Under Disparate Impact Analysis Drastically Diminished?", Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Vol. 15, Fall, 1990

Classes/Seminars

  • Visiting Professor, Legal Research and Writing, Illinois State University, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Ethics, 1988
  • Federal Defender Student Intern Merit Award, 1989

Past Employment Positions

  • Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, Hon. James A. Knecht, Clerk, 1991 - 1993
  • Office of Guardianship & Advocacy, Staff Attorney, Mental Health Law, 1993 - 1995

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid Advisory Counsel, 2001 - Present
  • Bloomington Human Relations Commission, 1991 - 1999