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. Her clients are based in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Melissa is a prominent national and international speaker and author and is mentioned in media. Click here for a one-page list of privacy and data security resources. VLP is a BTI Cybersecurity Standout 2020 – Leading Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law Firm.

Melissa counsels companies on HIPAA, FERPA, financial services regulatory laws, state laws, the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), PCI DSS, NIST, the CAN SPAM Act and the TCPA.

Melissa advises companies on privacy, data security and technology matters and the emerging area of cyber governance, including responding to data breaches and data incidents, preparing written information security programs (e.g., organizational and employee), devising U.S., Canada and GDPR incident response plans and facilitating and participating in tabletop exercises. She also counsels boards of directors and executive officers on privacy, data security and technology 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 the GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), geolocation, big data and artificial intelligence/chatbots), and technology policies.

In the technology transactions area, Melissa works together with companies on negotiating and documenting technology and commercial transactions, including master services agreements (e.g., cloud, communications, email and text message, laboratory services, telecommunications, security and payment services) (MSAs), non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), data security addenda (DSAs), business associate agreements (BAAs), data license agreements (DLAs)/big data initiatives, GDPR data processing agreements and CCPA agreements. She also assists companies with legal and contractual issues regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the merger and acquisition area, Melissa counsels companies on privacy, data security and technology 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 – 2019
  • VLP is a BTI Cybersecurity Standout 2020 – Leading Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law Firm.