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Melissa Widen

Melissa Widen is Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and a director of FWB Financial, Inc. Ms. Widen is an attorney, entrepreneur and executive with over 25 years of business and legal experience. She was a founder and Managing Partner of Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP, a trial and litigation boutique law firm based in Chicago. As Managing Partner for seven years, Ms. Widen led the firm from a six-partner start-up to a top tier, nationally recognized law firm. She also served as senior litigation counsel for Arthur Andersen LLP and a litigation associate at Jenner & Block. Ms. Widen is involved in many civic and community activities. She is a long-time board member and former board Chair of Personal PAC, a leading Illinois PAC focused on supporting women. She is a volunteer attorney with the ACLU’s Judicial Bypass Coordination Project, a Trustee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation, and Vice Chair for Domestic Affairs at the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Chicago. Ms. Widen is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Maryland School of Law.