Melissa McCord, Associate


Melissa McCord is a finance attorney who represents both lenders and borrowers in complex commercial finance transactions. She has extensive experience with secured transactions, syndicated facilities, asset-based facilities, mezzanine debt, international financing, asset securitizations, interest rate swap documentation, and third-party legal opinions. Melissa has experience in representing private equity and strategic buyers in acquisition financing transactions, working closely with the portfolio companies in all aspects of their financing needs. She also advises on covenant compliance and Uniform Commercial Code matters.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Melissa spent nine years as a journalist, mainly with The Associated Press.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 2009)
    • Marquette Law Review (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Ohio University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1997)
    • Major: Journalism

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center (Courthouse Clinic Pro Bono Volunteer)
  • Our Next Generation (Member: Board of Directors)
  • TEMPO Milwaukee Emerging Women Leaders Program

Professional Recognition

  • Named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal (2017)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2014-2016)
  • Quarles & Brady's Michael J. Gonring Pro Bono Associate of the Year Award (2015)