Melissa Anderson

Partner at
Cassiday Schade LLP

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Melissa Anderson is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office where she concentrates her practice in insurance coverage litigation. Ms. Anderson represents insurance companies, corporate entities and individuals in all aspects of insurance coverage litigation at the trial and appellate level. She frequently advises clients on insurance related marketing and advertising, underwriting, state and federal compliance laws, and related considerations of insuring interests in foreign countries. 


Ms. Anderson is experienced in all lines of insurance, including primary and excess commercial general liability, professional liability, director and officer liability, first-party property and casualty, commercial and personal auto liability, and business interruption. The complex insurance matters litigated by Ms. Anderson have included disputes involving product liability, recall, medical malpractice, manufacturing, construction, trucking, environmental pollution and personal injury.


Ms. Anderson’s experience also includes commercial contract litigation. She works with clients to draft and interpret contracts and to assess the scope of the parties’ respective obligations. Ms. Anderson also counsels clients on proactive risk avoidance, risk transfer and risk management strategies. 


Ms. Anderson presents educational programs to clients and for industry trade associations. Recent presentation topics include: Employee Disclosure of Confidential Information: The impact on corporate liability; Targeted Tender Issues in Illinois; Comparison of Bad Faith and Duty to Settle Obligations Across Multiple States; Conflict of Interest and Carrier Obligations; Policy Limits Demand with Multiple Claimants’ and the Bad Faith Implications; and Risk Transfer Opportunities and Basic Insurance Coverage Principles.


Ms. Anderson received a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a J.D. with honors from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and received awards for excellence in trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. She is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

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