Fairman, Melanie K.

20 South Clark StreetTwo First National PlazaSuite 700Chicago, IL 60603

Updated: 07/10/2017


Melanie K. Fairman practices in all areas of personal injury law on behalf of plaintiffs, with an emphasis on medical malpractice, products liability, vehicular collisions and general negligence.  One hundred percent of her practice is devoted to litigation, including both trial and appellate work.

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Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Assault and Battery
  • Car Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Inadequate Security/Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Train Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Arbitrations
  • Dram Shop Actions
  • Vaccine Act Cases
  • Legal Malpractice


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1994
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2010

Other Affiliations

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1994 - Present (Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association , 1994 - Present (Member)
  • The Chicago Bar Association , 1994 - Present (Member)
  • Women's Bar Association, 1994 - Present (Member)
  • American Bar Association, 1995 - Present (Member)
  • Decalogue Society, 1994 - Present (Member)
  • American Association for Justice, 1997 - Present (Member)


  • Loyola University Leadership and Service Award
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Practice/Advocacy
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Advocacy
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Moot Court (Spring 1994)
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Moot Court (Spring 1992)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law National Mock Trial Team Coach, 1997 ? 2000


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1994
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: National Mock Trial Team
    Honors: National Moot Court
  • The George Washington University, 1990
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Golden Key Club, a university honor society
    Honors: Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honor society
    Major: Accounting

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Beta Alpha Psi


Offers Free Initial Consultation

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


20 South Clark StreetTwo First National PlazaSuite 700Chicago, IL 60603


  • 312-853-2187


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