Melanie Priddy

Chief Talent Officer at Katten

Melanie Priddy is Katten’s chief talent officer and oversees the firm’s talent development structure for both attorneys and business professionals, including human resources, attorney recruitment, professional development, and diversity. She leads the development and execution of a human capital strategy that aligns with the firm’s strategic plan, specifically focused on key talent acquisition, development, diversity, inclusion, and retention, in order to attract, develop, and retain the highest caliber talent.

Melanie has more than 15 years of experience in talent management. Prior to joining Katten, she managed professional development, diversity, and inclusion at two major law firms. This is in addition to her experience in legal recruiting, talent acquisition, project management, curriculum design, and career counseling. She is knowledgeable about current trends in professional skills program development, law firm diversity, and the lateral/entry-level recruiting market. Her proficiency in training, onboarding/integration, and mentoring initiatives contributes to the retention of the firm’s top talent. Melanie also is a former Am Law 50 firm attorney.