Melanie Berdecia, a New York-based senior managing associate in the firm’s Litigation group, has been recognized as an “attorney making an impact in the community” by LatinoJustice PRLDEF at the LatinoJustice Líderes Young Professionals Board Annual Signature Event, Lideres 10th Anniversary – Celebrating Transformational Change.
LatinoJustice works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable, and accessible justice, by empowering the community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education. Each year the organization recognizes “young attorneys making an impact as they kick off their legal professions while raising funds for LatinoJustice’s work.”
Melanie represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters at the trial and appellate court levels. She has also represented companies in white collar criminal matters, including government investigations and enforcement actions. Melanie rejoined Sidley after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Pro bono is an essential part of Melanie’s practice. Her pro bono experience includes securing a major victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which published a decision granting a client’s Petition for Review and remanding to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and securing asylum for a Honduran refugee and her daughters.