Christina Hynes Mesco
Of Counsel at The Prinz Law Firm
An experienced business and employment law attorney, Ms. Mesco offers expert guidance to clients with employment and business-related needs. She frequently negotiates, drafts, and reviews employment, retention, non-compete, non-solicitation, equity, change-in-control, consulting, and other employment-related agreements and documents.
Ms. Mesco also often assists clients in obtaining or disputing employment-related benefits, such as unemployment, COBRA, and disability. Whether becoming employed, starting a business, entering a partnership, consulting, or separating from an employer, Ms. Mesco has aided numerous entrepreneurs and executives in improving their employment status by increasing benefits and obtaining valuable language amendments that protect their rights.
This includes assisting clients from companies such as:
- Harris Bank
Helping You In & Out of the Courtroom
Ms. Mesco is also versed in offering pointed and strategic advice to employers navigating difficult employment situations. With a view toward litigation-avoidance, she helps employers craft and implement sound decision-making policies to maintain a discrimination-free workplace.
When litigation is required, Ms. Mesco is no stranger to the courtroom. She is experienced in litigating employment and business-related claims in numerous venues, including:
- State and federal courts
- Federal, state, and local agencies and tribunals
- Illinois Department of Human Rights
- The American Arbitration Association
She has successfully litigated cases at all stages, from complaint filing through trial.
A Reputation for Success
Recently, Ms. Hynes Mesco was part of a trial team that secured a judgment in excess of $2 million on behalf of a client alleging breach of employment contract, defamation, and wrongful termination against a former employer. She also recently represented a former financial advisor in claims of defamation, gender discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination against her former employer, a broker/dealer, resulting in a FINRA decision awarding expungement of the advisor’s Form U-5 and more than $200,000 in damages.
J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- Leadership and Service Award
- Editor, Public Interest Law Reporter
- Representative and Secretary, Student Bar Association
- Member, ABA Negotiation Competition Team
- Regional Finalist, ABA Client Counseling Competition
B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors College
- Ms. Mesco was also selected as an Illinois Superlawyers Magazine Rising Star for 2016 and 2017.
- Magna cum laude and University Honors
Professional and bar association memberships:
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- ExecSense Webinar Presentation - “The Instant Impact of Hatmaker v. Memorial Medical Center: The Level of Protection Applicable to an Employee’s “Participation” in a Pre-EEOC Internal Harassment Investigation for Purposes of Title VII’s Anti-Retaliation Section” October 2010
- Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Human Resources Roundtable - Ms. Mesco led presentation and discussion for Chicago-area HR professionals on implementation and requirements of Chicago and Cook County Paid Sick Leave ordinances. June 2017
- "The Art of Negotiation" - Presentation on negotiation strategy for executives in LEAD leadership development program. February 2016