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DePaul Law alumna Ritchie named WBAI 2016 top women lawyer

Meredith Ritchie, Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Alliant Credit Union
Meredith Ritchie, vice president, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at Alliant Credit Union, is the recipient of a 2016 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award from the WBAI.

The Women's Bar Association of Illinois selected DePaul University College of Law alumna Meredith Ritchie as one of 2016's Top Women Lawyers in Leadership. Only five people received the honor, which recognizes the state's most notable female legal professionals. They are recognized for their leadership and the valuable guidance they provide to others. Winners have come from various disciplines, including litigation, academia, entrepreneurship, public service and journalism.

Ritchie currently serves as vice president, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at Alliant Credit Union. She also leads the company's legal and compliance department and the ethics program, is a member of its senior leadership team, and oversees the in-house legal team in all matters related to mergers and acquisitions. Among the first in her industry to negotiate for cyber liability insurance, Ritchie has received accolades for combining pragmatic and creative problem solving to aid clients in business, law and risk management.

“I am ecstatic that the Women's Bar Association of Illinois bestowed this amazing award upon me and am grateful that Corinne Heggie, counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor, nominated me!” says Ritchie. “I have been so fortunate in my career to have role models and managers mentor and sponsor me so that I can be a leader. I, in turn, find great satisfaction in helping people, particularly attorneys, make connections that will enrich their careers and lives.” Alliant Credit Union and Scharf Banks Marmor LLC have also specifically recognized Ritchie for this honor.

Meredith Ritchie and Corinne Heggie, Counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor
Corinne Heggie (left), counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor and the nominating attorney, congratulates Ritchie on receiving the WBAI award.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ritchie regularly speaks to national organizations on matters related to strategic planning and regulatory compliance. Events she has appeared at include the Association of Corporate Counsel's General Counsel Roundtable (September 2014), the National Law Journal's Corporate Compliance Event (November 2014) and the Women, Influence & Power in Law panel "Advisor & Chief: Top Ways to Communicate Your Strategy More Effectively" (October 2015). She also was featured in a 2014 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article "Aligning Alliant."

Before joining Alliant Credit Union, Ritchie was deputy general counsel, central management services and attorney/bureau chief, public aid for the state of Illinois, and state and local government corporate counsel with Accenture LLP. She also studied at the Sorbonne, the Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris and Hamilton College.