Meredith Ritchie, a Chicago native, graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and obtained her JD from DePaul College of Law in Chicago.
Meredith has had a diverse legal career in Chicago starting out in private practice where she litigated tort actions. A large portion of her litigation included defending a Fortune 100 petroleum company.
Meredith served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois in both the civil and criminal divisions. She then took her experience to the State of Illinois where she contributed to the Illinois Department of Public Aid and then served as Deputy General Counsel to the Department of Central Management Services.
Meredith then served as in-house counsel for Accenture, an international technology consulting firm.
Currently, Meredith is VP, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Government Affairs Officer for Alliant Credit Union, a $12 billion dollar financial cooperative, in Chicago, Illinois. There, she oversees the Legal Department, the Ethics Program and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Meredith is known for bringing pragmatic and creative business and legal solutions to her clients. Her consultative approach, coupled with her energy, positivity and thorough knowledge of the law, enable her to add value to the management team of her organization. Meredith enjoys leading her diverse team and helping them realize and maximize their potential.
Meredith chaired the Standing Committee on Women and the Law of the Illinois State Bar Association as well as the Young Lawyers Division. She served on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association. Currently, Meredith is on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, the Board of Directors of the Alliant Credit Union Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Governance Sub-committee of the American Bar Association Credit Union Committee.