Melissa Barnhardt is SVP & Senior Trust Fiduciary Specialist at Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to that she was First Vice President and Trust Consultant for SunTrust Bank. She is an expert in the areas of guardianships and trusts, special needs trusts, estate planning, disability planning and probate administration. She received the 2001 Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award from the Chicago Bar Foundation and Chicago Bar Association and has published "The Use of Special Needs Trusts and the Management of Risks." She attended John Marshall Law School and received her LL.M. in Health Law from DePaul Law School. At Miami Law she teaches Aging and Special Needs Law.