Awards

Tricia Meyer, Founder & Managing Attorney

What inspired you to start a law firm?
I was working at large corporations and recognized the need for a new type of law firm. My goal in starting Meyer Law was to create a forward-thinking law firm that is both a great firm to partner with and a great place to work. Meyer Law’s foundational principles are to be flexible, fair and focused on people and relationships.

Where did you get your experience?
I have over a decade 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. 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.

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.

Zareefa Flener, Of Counsel

What is your specialty?
Intellectual Property Law, Registered Patent Attorney

What do you like most about working with technology companies?
Tech company decision makers and inventors are intelligent and sophisticated.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
Undergrad – University of Kentucky, double major in Biology and Psychology
Masters – Loyola University of Chicago, Molecular Genetics (M.Sc. with Distinction)
JD – IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Sandy Amaro, Growth + Marketing Manager

Where did you get your experience?
My first career entailed a few different roles in the areas of research, design and marketing at CBRE (Fortune 500) and Cassidy Turley (now Cushman & Wakefield) in Washington, DC and Denver. I had the pleasure of training and working with top performers and teams. That experience allowed me to build a strong knowledge base in the areas of business, client relations, communications and marketing all of which enables me to connect with anyone that I meet.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
In addition to working at a thriving, woman-owned business, I love meeting new companies, startups, and people from all over the country. As an entrepreneur, I have experienced my own trials and tribulations and I like that I can genuinely relate with our clients and help guide them toward building a solid legal foundation.

Where did you go to undergrad?
I attended Emerson College in Boston, MA and double majored in Marketing Communications and Visual Communications with a concentration in New Media. I also attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for an intensive summer session in Urban Planning and Massachusetts College of Art for Graphic Design.

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