Melanie Berkowitz is a lawyer and freelance writer with over sixteen years of experience writing and lawyering as well as educating others about writing and lawyering. She is a regular contributor to Monster.com's Employer Resource Center and also lectures lawyers and business people on how to improve their communication skills as a way to improve their business relationships. In her spare time she hones her other expertise as a mother to three girls, gluten free cook and baker and small-business owner.
Melanie has practiced law, written about the law and taught others about the law in a variety of settings over the past sixteen years. She litigated labor and employment cases for an international law firm and then spent four years clerking for two federal judges. She spent 6 years in-house at a national law firm working in conjunction with the partnership and the firm's marketing department to create timely educational and legal content. She has published articles for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Illinois Public Employee Labor Relations Association and written a monthly human resources column for Monster.com.
In addition to her legal writing, Melanie writes and ghostwrites for a number of clients on issues ranging from creating a small business marketing plan to the best strategies for getting kids to help clean the house. Her communications seminar on "Writing for Your Audience" was recently certified for continuing legal education credit for Illinois and she has previously taught legal research and writing to first-year law students at The John Marshall Law School. Melanie is experienced in writing anything from a lengthy white paper to an SEO-driven paragraph of content for a targeted web client. She is passionate about helping others become stronger, more effective writers.
Melanie knows small business from the inside out, both as a prolific researcher and writer on the topic and as a small business owner herself. She regularly follows and reports on legislation and news relevant to small businesses and acts as the entire marketing department, creative consultant, research staff and writing team for her legal research and writing company, The GhostWriters.
Toddlers to Teens
As the mother of three girls who span pre-school to Jr. High, Melanie is an expert when it comes to navigating the sometimes rocky waters of raising girls. Whether it is advising her oldest about the proper uses for social media coming up with yet another rainy day project for her two-year-old, or talking to her middle daughter about just why it is so great to be the middle child, Melanie has seen, heard and done it all.
With the diagnosis of celiac disease in her two oldest girls eight years ago, Melanie transformed from an avid cook and baker into an avid gluten free cook and baker. She has developed numerous gluten free recipes to feed her family and share with others, including a number of traditional holiday favorites - pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, matzo balls and challah to name a few. She also has become an informal ambassador to the world of gluten free living in her town, regularly counseling newly diagnosed families, taking them on tours of the local supermarkets, sharing recipes and cooking for them.