Melissa Krasnow is a Partner at VLP and serves as a member of its Marketing Committee. She practices in the areas of domestic and cross-border privacy and data security, technology transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Melissa is a prominent national and international speaker and author and is mentioned in media.

Melissa advises companies on privacy and data security matters and the emerging area of cyber governance, including responding to data breaches and data incidents (HIPAA, FERPA, financial services regulatory and PCI DSS), preparing written information security programs, devising incident response plans and facilitating and participating in tabletop exercises. She also counsels boards of directors and executive officers on privacy and data security risk oversight and developments and reviews cyber liability insurance policies.

Melissa advises companies on responding to regulatory inquiries and complying with state, federal and international privacy and data security, advertising and marketing, governance and compliance and regulated industry laws. She prepares website and mobile application privacy policies and terms (including regarding big data and artificial intelligence/chatbots), as well as other privacy and data security, advertising and marketing and technology policies.

In the technology transactions area, Melissa works together with companies on negotiating and documenting technology and commercial transactions, including cloud services, security services, commerce and payment services, email and text message services and telecommunications, as well as non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements, business associate agreements and data license agreements.

In the merger and acquisition area, Melissa counsels companies on privacy and data security matters and on foreign investment filing obligations.


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1992
  • A.B., Wellesley College, 1989, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Durant Scholar
  • University of British Columbia, visiting student, 1987-1988, Class 1 Standing

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer, Pro Bono Service, 2014 – 2016