Melanie S. Green

Chief Client Development Officer


Melanie loves working with lawyers. As chief client development officer, she partners with firm management to guide the direction of Faegre Baker Daniels’ business development and marketing programs and initiatives. Melanie’s goal is to help the firm move from transactional to relational thinking and strategically invest in business development and marketing activities.
Melanie’s team is responsible for client relations, business development, internal and external communications, corporate identity and brand management, marketing technology systems, and client entertainment and alumni relations initiatives.

Innovative Approaches

Melanie is an industry leader on client feedback programs, conducting frequent on-site client visits with FaegreBD’s managing partner to assess the firm’s relationships and understand how to better support and respond to clients’ business objectives.

Change Management

Melanie assumed her current role after the 2012 combination of legacy law firms Baker & Daniels and Faegre & Benson. Drawing on her experience from the combination, Melanie has also become a thought leader and frequent speaker on law firm change management and operations strategies.

Personal Interests

Melanie enjoys traveling anywhere warm with her husband and two children, and still frequents her beloved Phoenix, Arizona. She golfs as time permits, is passionate about football — particularly when the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Indianapolis Colts are involved — and makes a mean margarita.



University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A. in Journalism (1998)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Positive Disruption: Reimagining the Client Development Function in Transformational Times
    Panelist, Ark Group's 3rd Annual Client Growth Strategies for Legal Services, November 9, 2017
  • Managing 360: Collaboration, Innovation & the Evolving Role of Law Firm Business Professionals
    Co-presenter, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Forum, Chicago, November 11, 2015
  • Strengthening Relationships Through Law Firm Client Feedback Programs
    Co-presenter, Lex Mundi Regional Marketing Roundtable, Charlotte, North Carolina, September 17, 2015
  • A Client Feedback Program Case Study
    Co-presenter with Andrew Humphrey, Legal PR Chicago, August 27, 2015
  • Law Firm Operations - The Change Agent Behind the Scenes in Today's Law Firm
    Co-presenter with Brad Frederiksen and Ann Rainhart, Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California, April 14, 2015
  • Quick Fixes: Innovative Solutions in Law Firm Business Development
    Co-presenter, Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 4, 2014
  • Implementing Client Feedback Programs
    Co-presenter with Andrew Humphrey, Lex Mundi Managing Partner Conference, New York City, June 28, 2013
  • Managing in Times of Change
    Co-presenter with Ann Rainhart, Lex Mundi Marketing and Business Development European Regional Roundtable, Dublin, Ireland, June 13, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Legal Lab Advisory Board, 2015-present
  • Legal Marketing Association, 2001-present
  • Lex Mundi — Marketing and Business Development Committee (Chair Emeritus, 2015-16; Chair, 2013-15; Chair-Elect, 2012-13; and North American Vice Chair, 2009-11)
  • Legal & Professional Services Council (formerly Legal PR Chicago) — Board, 2009-15
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group, 2012-15
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Women's Forum for Achievement — Leadership Council, 2012-16

Civic Activities

  • Big Ten Football Championship Local Organizing Committee, Indianapolis — Co-Chair, 2015-present; Alumni Relations Chair, 2011
  • Indiana Sports Corporation — Board, 2017-present; President's Council, 2008-14; External Affairs Committee, 2009-14
  • Indianapolis 2012 Super Bowl Committee — NFL Official Events, Co-Chair, 2010-12

Firm Leadership

  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group, 2012-15
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Women's Forum for Achievement — Leadership Council, 2012-16

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