Tricia Meyer, Founder & Managing Attorney

What inspired you to start a law firm?
I’m an entrepreneur at heart and knew I wanted to start my own firm, but wanted to get solid experience before venturing out on my own. When I started Meyer Law, I focused on helping technology companies because that was the experience I had. It happened to be when the technology community in Chicago was starting to boom, incubators and accelerators were popping up everywhere and that trend has continued across the United States. We pride ourselves on being incredibly responsive, transparent and taking a genuine interest in the success of our clients.

Where did you get your experience?
I have almost twenty years of experience negotiating technology contracts and dealing with various corporate, commercial, employment and intellectual property matters. I was fortunate to gain my experience while working at Reliance Globalcom, an international telecommunications company; Discover and HSBC, financial services companies; and Encoda Systems, a global broadcast software company. By working closely with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international, I have a solid understanding of the issues businesses deal with on a daily basis.

What organizations are you involved in?
As an entrepreneur and a connector, I’m passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and I believe in leveraging my network to help those just starting out. I’m a mentor at 1871, Commons on Champa and Innovation Pavilion and regularly hold office hours and workshops. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to speak about tech, entrepreneurship, and legal issues at several events, including Techweek, Denver Startup Week, Boulder Startup Week and Entrepreneurs Unpluggd Startup Law Summit. I’m also a Founding Committee Member of the SBACNow Venture Pitch Session and on the Board of 100+ Who Care Chicago.

What recognition have you received?
I’m honored that I’ve been selected for various honors and awards throughout my career. Most recently, I was named one of the Most Notable Female Attorney’s in Chicago by Crain’s Custom Media.  In 2018 and 2017, I was chosen as a Leading Lawyer in Computer & Technology Law and Closely & Privately Held Business Law, and in 2017 Crain’s recognized me as one of the Most Influential Female Attorney’s in Chicago.  From 2015 – 2017, I was selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Computer & Technology Law and Closely & Privately Held Business Law. From 2013 – 2016, I was named a Rising Star in Technology & Outsourcing by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than three percent of lawyers. I have been featured several times in Chicago Magazine as one of the Top Women Attorney’s in Illinois and I was selected as Top Corporate Counsel by First Chair. Meyer Law has also been recognized as a top startup law firm.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
St. Ambrose University and John Marshall Law School.

Melody Ashby, Senior Attorney

What is your specialty?
I have considerable experience advising businesses on general corporate matters and I’ve counseled startup and early stage businesses as well as established businesses corporate, contracts, employment and intellectual property matters. Recognizing that every business had individualized needs and objectives, I work with clients to carry out their goals through a personalized approach. I’m extremely client focused and responsive, and provide clients with practical advice.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
I joined Meyer Law because I wanted to serve as an advocate for my clients, not a roadblock. I appreciate that at Meyer Law, I get to know our clients, their needs, and can adapt my approach to best serve them. I was seeking a firm that understands the inherent risks of entrepreneurship and works to educate and support clients. I’ve found in Meyer Law a collaborative environment, not one that is cutthroat and competitive. I also appreciate the flexibility and being evaluated on providing great legal services, not the number of hours I bill as is typical with other law firms.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
I’m a graduate of Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

Sara Holmes, Senior Attorney

What is your specialty?
Litigation, tax, employment, regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, corporate structuring, IP.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
I like being the legal advocate on a team of talented entrepreneurs and problem-solving to overcome hurdles. I like the way tech companies have influenced and changed the economy over the past decade, and I share that energy, creativity and enthusiasm.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
I went to undergrad at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and university of Oregon for law school.  And, I received an L.L.M. in taxation at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Leslee Cohen, Of Counsel

What is your specialty?
Securities law—representing companies with respect to their equity or debt raises.

What do you like most about working with technology companies?
Most technology companies are relatively young so their founders are very excited about the businesses they are building. I love helping these founders achieve their dreams.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
University of Michigan undergrad and New York University School of Law.

Chrissy Kosanovich, Executive Assistant

What is your specialty?
I serve as Tricia’s trusted right arm, overseeing the day-to-day details and logistics necessary to ensure high-level business operations. Some specialties include managing calendars and schedules; organizing and planning meetings; streamlining correspondence, social media management and coordinating travel.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
Everything! Tricia is not only an amazing boss, but she is also an amazing friend. I love the laid-back environment and love learning about entrepreneurs wonderful business talents! Meyer Law makes being a working mom stress free, flexible and fun! What more could you want?

Where did you go to undergrad?
Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana: Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice/Sociology