Melissa K. Ventrone: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Melissa K. Ventrone


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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Crisis Management
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Data Security & Cyber Liability
Contact InfoTelephone: 312.821.6105
Fax: 312.704.1522
University Northern Illinois University, B.S., 2000
Law SchoolChicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2003
Admitted2003, Illinois; 2005, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Memberships & Affiliations

Association Chicago Bar
Association Justinian Society

MilitaryCaptain, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant, Selected Marine Corps Reserves.

Melissa Ventrone, chair of the firm's Data Security & Cyber Liability practice, focuses her practice on class action privacy litigation, privacy breach response (pre- and post-event), payment card industry (PCI) standards and investigation, and advising clients in identifying, evaluating, and managing first- and third-party data privacy and security risks. Melissa has represented numerous clients in litigation and arbitration, including in disputes related to privacy, invasion of privacy, contracts, consumer fraud, statutory claims and other matters, using her strong organizational and advocacy skills to obtain the best results for her clients.

Melissa frequently advises clients on compliance with regulations and state, federal and international law. She serves as one of the leaders of Wilson Elser's breach response team, quickly bringing lawyers, clients, and forensic and breach response vendors together to enhance response time and effectiveness. Melissa has handled numerous breaches for small and large corporations, including merchants, financial institutions, medical providers and educational institutions, successfully reducing public and regulatory scrutiny and protecting her clients' reputations.

Military Background
Among her many leadership roles, Melissa has served in key positions as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, including executive officer for a 329-person company forward deployed to Afghanistan. She is currently a reservist serving as the Future Operations Officer with Combat Logistics Regiment 4, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve. In her free time, Melissa volunteers as an ombudsman for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, acting as a neutral mediator assisting employers and service members in resolving employment-related disputes.

Awards & Distinctions

Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, in lieu of second award Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, in lieu of fifth award


The IRS will not flag, identify or otherwise note a SSN that may be subject to identity theft and subsequent tax fraud. Go figure. June 10, 2014

EU's Ruling Not To Be Forgotten Anytime Soon May 22, 2014


Have You Upgraded Your XP Yet?
July 15, 2014

Google and the Great Divide: U.S. Privacy Rights versus EU Privacy Rights
June 2, 2014


Avoiding Data Breaches: Mission Impossible? Corporate and D&O Exposure
July 1, 2014

The Time for Cyber Coverage is Now
May 14, 2014


Melissa Ventrone Quoted on the Impact of a Data Breach
September 16, 2013

Chicago Attorneys Lend a Helping Hand at Institute of Women Today
October 4, 2013


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Surf’s Up: The Wave of High-profile Privacy Class Actions
Richard L. Reiter,Melissa K. Ventrone, August 7, 2014
Businesses have revolutionized the way they reach customers. Through computers, smart phones, iPads and a host of other technologies, we can now make purchasing decisions from the comfort of our homes. All we need to do is enter our personal information and our credit card data, and one click later...

Have You Upgraded Your XP Yet?
Gregory Bautista,Melissa K. Ventrone, July 19, 2014
Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP in April 2014, but not everyone has made the decision to upgrade their operating systems. By choosing to stick with Windows XP, users may be leaving themselves vulnerable to security risks that would not be present if a different operating system...

Google and the Great Divide: U.S. Privacy Rights versus EU Privacy Rights
Anjali C. Das,Alicia A. Garcia,Melissa K. Ventrone, June 11, 2014
Will the “right to be forgotten” be the new mantra in cyber cases in the United States? Or will the “right to know” continue to prevail? In Europe, proponents of the “right to be forgotten” argue that individuals should be able to force search engines such as...
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Melissa K. Ventrone

120 N. La Salle Street, 26th Floor
ChicagoIL 60602-2412


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