MELANIE BERDECIA is a senior managing associate in the Commercial Litigation and Disputes practice in the firm’s New York office. She 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.
Melanie earned her J.D. in 2015 from Harvard Law School, where she was a research assistant to Professor Howell E. Jackson, and served as a senior technical editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review and as a junior editor for the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice. Melanie earned a B.S. with Honors from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
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.