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Melanie K. Fairman
  • Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability ...
  • Illinois
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Biography

Melanie K. Fairman is an experienced trial attorney who has represented plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death actions since 1994. Over the years, she has obtained millions for clients through settlement and trial. A large percentage of her practice involves cases arising from medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, but over the years she has litigated quite a few significant vehicular collision and premises liability cases, including a $3.8 million verdict in a case tried by Melanie and her partner, Steve Seidman, against JW Marriott based on exposing a guest who was an attorney to Legionella bacteria, causing him to suffer permanent neurocognitive deficits. In addition, she has represented women in sexual-abuse cases and has been successful in obtaining recoveries from the employers of the abusers.

Melanie is married with two teenage children and has been a lifelong resident of Chicago and the North Shore suburbs. She is an avid bicyclist and loves to ski and walk her goldendoodle.

Client Approach:

“I tend to overprepare all of my cases. I leave no stone unturned when investigating all possible avenues of recovery and work hard to maximize all recoveries and minimize risk. I respond to client inquiries as soon as possible and try to keep clients informed about the status of their cases. I understand that representing clients is a privilege as there is a lot of competition out there.”

Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D.
Honors: cum laude
Activities: National Mock Trial Team National Moot Court Team 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)
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George Washington University - Mount Vernon campus
B.A. | Accounting
Honors: cum laude
Activities: Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honor society Golden Key Club, a university honor society
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Professional Experience
Partner
Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP
Current
Awards
SuperLawyer
SuperLawyers
2020-2022
The 2017 Highest Reported Illinois Verdict or Settlement for Legionnaires' Disease Award
Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter
Professional Associations
Chicago Inn of Court
Member
Current
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NorthShore Law
President
- Current
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Chicago Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
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Illinois State Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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7th Circuit
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Federal Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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State of Illinois Supreme Court
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U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
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United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
Practice Areas
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Nursing Home Abuse
Additional Practice Area
  • Car Accidents
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Melanie K. Fairman's Website Profile
Website
Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP Website
Blog
North Chicago & St. Louis Injury Updates
Contact & Map
Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP
Chicago
Two First National Plaza
20 S Clark St
#700
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: (312) 781-1977
Cell: (312) 771-6846
Fax: (312) 853-2187
Notice: Even if we are not physically in our office, we have access to voicemail and return calls as soon as possible.
Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP
Chicago Heights
By Appointment Only
12 W 15th St
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Telephone: (312) 781-1977
Fax: (708) 756-2838
Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP
Belleville
By Appointment Only
110 W Main St
#110
Belleville, IL 62220
Telephone: (618) 235-7622
Fax: (224) 603-8345
Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP
Deerfield
500 Lake Cook Rd
#350
Deerfield, IL 60015
Telephone: (847) 580-4223
Fax: (847) 637-5795