• Illinois
  • New York
  • Wisconsin


University of Michigan (B.A., with high honors, 1986)

University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1991)

DePaul University College of Law ( LL.M., 1993)


Melanie Witt is a partner in Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella’s Wealth & Succession Planning and Not-for-Profit and Planned Giving practices. She represents corporate fiduciaries and high net worth individuals in estate planning, philanthropic planning, and trusts and estates. Melanie has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs on succession planning and estate structuring. She also advises clients on premarital agreements as well as estate and tax issues raised by divorce or separation.

Prior to joining Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, Melanie was Vice President and Trust Counsel at BMO Harris Bank, where she addressed trust and estate litigation, risk management, and fiduciary responsibilities.

Melanie earned her B.A., with high honors, from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She was also awarded a Masters of Law in Taxation from the DePaul University College of Law. Melanie also studied in France and received a Diplome de Langue from the Alliance Francaise in Paris.

Melanie received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. She has also been selected for inclusion in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers each year since 2010. Melanie co-authored a chapter on income taxation of trusts in the IICLE on Trust Administration.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, each year since 2010


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