Melissa Kallio is partner at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras, P.C. in Chicago. Melissa is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation. She concentrates her practice in elder law, which includes Medicaid planning and applications, guardianship and probate estates, and litigation for vulnerable adults against abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Melissa also serves as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem and Respondent’s counsel in guardianship estates. Melissa has been named as an “Emerging Lawyer” in the field of Elder Law by the Leading Lawyers Network each year since 2018. She has also been named as an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the field of Elder Law each year since 2018. Melissa is a member of Illinois NAELA’s Board of Directors, the chair of multiple Illinois NAELA committees, and Chairwoman of the Veterans’ Legal Aid Society. She is past chair of the Cook County Bar Association Elder Law Committee (2020-2021). Melissa volunteers with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) as a pro bono Guardian ad Litem and is a member of a local adult protective services M-Team, a multidisciplinary team focusing on combating abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults on the north side of Chicago. Melissa was inducted into the CVLS Honor Roll in 2022 in recognition of her work as a pro bono Guardian ad Litem. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys traveling, playing and watching sports, hiking, and spending time at her family’s camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.