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.
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