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Thomas M. Melody

Thomas M. Melody



Thomas M. Melody graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1994. He has been admitted to the Bars of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.Mr. Melody is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys.His experience includes the general practice of school and municipal law, with a focus on labor and employment law.He has negotiated many collective bargaining agreements, and represented employers in all facets of labor and employment law, including contract administration and grievance arbitration, compliance with State and Federal labor law, and employment litigation in both State and Federal courts and administrative agencies.


Mr. Melody is the author of “Students’ Rights to Confrontation and Cross-Examination at School Expulsion Hearings,” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 85, March 1997. He is the co-author of the “Formal Dismissal and Suspension Procedures Under Illinois Tenure Law,” Illinois School Law, IICLE.Mr. Melody is also one of the authors of the Handbook on Practice and Procedure in Police and Fire Disciplinary Matters, published by the Illinois Municipal League, and has written numerous articles on school law and labor law issues.


Mr. Melody has been a presenter at the Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Program, sponsored by IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law, at the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, and he is a frequent speaker on employment law issues, as well as school and municipal law issues.Mr. Melody is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education to provide required School Board leadership training, and has also recently presented “Hiring School Employees” to the LaSalle County Superintendents, “Human Resource Issues for School Districts” to DuPage County Regional Superintendents, “School Board Practices and Procedures:  A Legal Roadmap” to DuPage County School Districts, as well as “Collective Bargaining for Administrators” to the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.  In addition, Mr. Melody has provided seminars on municipal labor law for the Illinois Metro Managers Association, the Illinois Municipal League, and Northern Illinois University’s Civil Leadership Academy.

Practice Areas

Mr. Melody’s practice at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. is in municipal law, library law, and school law with a concentration in labor and employment law. His experience includes collective bargaining, advising employers on all facets of labor and employment law, and defending employers against all types of employment claims at both the administrative and judicial levels.