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Melanie K. Fairman

Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP
20 S. Clark Street, Ste. 700, Chicago, IL 60603
Practice Area(s): Personal Injury

MELANIE K. FAIRMAN is an experienced trial attorney who has represented plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death actions since 1994.  Over the years, Melanie has obtained millions for clients through settlement and trial.  A large percentage of her practice are cases arising from medical malpractice and nursing home negligence.  But, as recently as February 2017, Melanie and her partner tried a premises liability case against the JW Marriott based on exposing a guest who was an attorney to Legionella bacteria causing him to suffer permanent neurocognitive deficits forcing him to retire from practice which resulted in a verdict of $3,800,000.00.  In addition, Melanie has resolved several wrongful death vehicular collision cases.

Bar Admissions

  • 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


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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1994 – Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1994 – Present
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Member, 1994 – Present
  • Women’s Bar Association, Member, 1994 – Present