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M. Tod Melton

Wrongful death Attorney at Rock Falls, IL

4.7   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Iowa - IA 22 years
    Illinois - IL 29 years
    Mississippi - MS 30 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1994
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive No misconduct found

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M. Tod Melton focuses his trial practice on medical malpractice, wrongful death and serious personal injury litigation in northern and central Illinois and eastern Iowa. He has achieved multi-million dollar jury verdicts in multiple counties.  Prior to 1998, Mr. Melton represented defendants in product liability cases, construction accident cases and motor vehicle collision cases, throughout the northern half of Illinois. Mr. Melton also has substantial experience in business litigation and insurance coverage disputes. He is licensed in Illinois, Iowa and Mississippi and has handled numerous trials and appeals.

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Melton Law Firm LLC
907 W Rock Falls Rd
Rock Falls, IL, 61071-2748


4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Lisa | June 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Resolving a medical insurance issue
Tod Melton, where do I start? This man came out of the clear blue after 2 years of fighting a $67,000 hospital bill that wasn’t properly handled by insurance or hospital. Working with Tod made a clear way to omit this financial burden and gave me my life back… I highly recommend this man, he’s a true help and fair on all levels…
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Posted by Thomas | January 25, 2021
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Current client
Mr. Melton has just successfully completed a 4 year suit for me. There were numerous delays due to COVID, Medicare and more. He never wavered or asked me to settle for a lesser amount. His tenacity and knowledge of the law simply overwhelmed the defense attorney with a large Chicago firm. Tod is among the top personal injury attorneys in the country. Don't let his unassuming demeanor fool you. He is a bulldog.
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Posted by Robert Bingle | July 1, 2019
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I have known Tod Melton for over 20 years. I have worked with him on several cases and retained him as co-counsel. Tod Melton is a meticulous, thoughtful, experienced and intelligent attorney. He is one of the most well prepared lawyers I have worked with in my career. Mr. Melton analyzes a case from every perspective and constantly re-examines both the pros and cons of the case. I have been extremely impressed with his legal acumen and lawyering abilities. Just as importantly, he is a kind and compassionate man who cares deeply about his clients.
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Posted by Bill | June 21, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
I have worked with Tod and referred files to Tod over the years. He is extremely professional and an excellent advocate for his clients.
Posted by Matt | April 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional Personal Injury Attorney
Mr. Melton has handled several medical malpractice matters for us and has done so in a professional manner. Mr. Melton is able to use his knowledge of the law, his network of professional contacts, and his ability to communicate the intricate details of each case in a manner to advocate for the client with the ultimate goal of a positive outcome.
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Posted by Margaret | March 5, 2019
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refer a case to Tod with peace of mind
I referred a case to Tod that my firm could not handle. He kept me well informed and did a terrific job settling the case and achieving justice for our client. I would refer a case to him again with no hesitation.
Posted by Dave | March 5, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and thorough.
Tod is an excellent attorney. He has extensive knowledge and is well respected by Judges, attorneys and clients. He provides top notch representation. He has experience in a wide range of cases including medical malpractice, product liability, premises, and other complicated matters. He is thorough and consciencious.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent accident and injury attorney
I have worked professionally with Tod for approximately 20 years. He is knowledgeable, aggressive, and professional. I strongly encourage you to retain his services if you are considering retaining an injury attorney.
Posted by John | March 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
John Rehn
Tod Melton is highly recommended and is an excellent advocate who possesses the legal ability and skills to successfully identify legal issues and maximize his clients recovery and help guide them through the legal proceedings in complex injury cases. Tod is thorough on his legal and medical research and can handle all details of difficult cases from identifying the experts necessary to investigate the facts surrounding your claim, to addressing the rules of evidence to ensure his clients get a fair resolution of their case via settlement or trial.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Ripped Apart
Given 2 stars only due to my case was not handled properly to get the close to maximum settlement vs similar cases. Had to do some of my own research within similar cases during mediation of low ball offers from the Defendant to come up with how my case should of been done properly. Forgot important topics within my case I had to remind Tod with. Communication was not what I felt it should of been.
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  • Washington and Lee University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Northern Illinois University
  • B.S.
  • 1988


  • Carmelite NGO
  • United Nations Advocacy
  • 2022 - Present
  • NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons (CSTIP)
  • United Nations Advocacy
  • 2022 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2021
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Whiteside County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 1998 - 1999
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Honors and Awards

  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Member
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2023
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2023
  • Most Often Recommended
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Top 25
  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
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  • Trial Journal (ITLA)
  • A Labyrinth in Arthur's Court
  • 2006

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Medical malpractice Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Melton is a rare lawyer in that he is not only an exceptional litigator with decades of favorable results, but also a down to earth, quality human being who relates well with clients, jurors, judges, and, when necessary, opposing counsel. Any client would be well served to be represented by Tod, and referring counsel can feel confident entrusting their cases to him. For these reasons and based on personal experience, I endorse him"
Litigation Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A very capable professional with genuine concern about his clients’ best interests before, during, and after litigation."
Wrongful death Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Melton is a great attorney. He was referred by a colleague who said he was a great attorney, but I learned it first handing working with him on a case. He got a wonderful result for our client. He is knowledgeable, honest, skilled, and respected in the community. Can’t go wrong with him."
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Rock Falls Wrongful death Lawyer M. Tod Melton
M. Tod Melton
Wrongful death Attorney
Rock Falls, IL
Licensed for 30 years