Melissa Ertek

Chief Development Officer, Winston & Strawn LLP

Melissa Ertek is the Chief Development Officer of Winston & Strawn LLP; 1,000+ lawyer firm with 16 offices around the world. Working directly with the Firm Chairman, Melissa leads strategic partner hiring, lateral integration, client team program, and other strategic projects that are focused on growing and developing the firm globally. Throughout her career, she has worked with firm chairs and managing partners of law firms on significant initiatives, including mergers, acquisitions, office openings, restructurings, leadership transitions, succession planning initiatives, and lateral acquisitions in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Over the years, Melissa has also developed strategic plans at the firm, practice group, regional and office levels; implemented global cross-selling and client team initiatives; and worked with other firm leaders on increasing communication, and on shifting the culture of partnerships. Prior to working in the legal industry, Melissa worked in the real estate and advertising industries. She received her MBA in Marketing and International Business from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.