Melesa A. Freerks is a health care business lawyer in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She is experienced with advising health care clients regarding corporate transactions, compliance programs, fraud and abuse issues, physician employment agreements, privacy issues, and tax-exempt status.

Melesa provides transactional counsel to health care organizations, group practices, physicians and other health care companies in a variety of business transactions, including formation and organization of professional entities, development and structuring of joint ventures and counseling clients regarding choice of entity. She has also counseled clients regarding corporate governance and the rights and duties of directors, officers and shareholders. She has drafted and negotiated documents relating to mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings, including merger agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, joint venture documents, term sheets, disclosure schedules, bylaws and other transactional documents. Melesa has represented financial and investment banks and private equity firms in domestic transactions in connection with acquisitions, divestitures and mergers of health care companies and other significant corporate matters.


Thought Leadership


Author, “Health IT Transaction Trends and Considerations,” American Health Lawyers Association, Business Law and Governance Practice Group Briefing, April 15, 2021

Author, “COVID-19: Three Health Care Sectors Still Attracting Investment,” Healthcare Business Today, June 3, 2020

Author, “Digital Health Opportunities and Considerations For PE,” Law360, July 13, 2018

Author, “Illinois Telemedicine Rules: Licensing, Practice, Payment,” Health Care Law Today, February 25, 2016

Author, “Recap: Health Care Investors Summit – Exploring the Impact and Opportunities from Health Care Convergence,” Health Care Law Today, September 29, 2015

Author, “Another Delay to the Two-Midnight Rule,” Health Care Law Today, August 18, 2015

Author, “The Big Data Dilemma: Compliance for the Health Professional in an Increasingly Data-Driven World,” Journal of Health Care Compliance, May–June 2015

Author, “Tapping Into the Big Value of Health Care Big Data: Top Legal and Regulatory Considerations on the Path to Monetization,” Foley & Lardner LLP, March 2, 2015

Author, “Federal Prosecutors Charge NECC Employees with Second Degree Murder: A Shot Across the Bow to Healthcare Companies Navigating Uncertain Regulatory Environments,” Health Care Law Today, December 22, 2014

Author, “Ten Things That Health Care Lawyers Should be Thinking About,” Association of Corporate Counsel, December 16, 2014

Author, “DaVita HealthCare Partners’ CIA: A Look Into The New OIG Corporate Integrity Agreement,” BNA’s Health Care Fraud Report, December 10, 2014

Author, “A Hot Area: Investing in the Behavioral Healthcare Industry,” Bender’s Health Care Law Monthly, February 1, 2014

Author, “Chapter 10: Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices,” Health Law and Compliance Update, 2014


Speaker, “Fundamentals of Health Care Professionals: Understanding Professional Scope of Practice, Reimbursement and Private Equity Investment Considerations in Practice Transactions,” American Health Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 7–9, 2021 

Speaker, “Avoiding Transaction Pitfalls: Licensing and Regulatory Compliance,” American Health Lawyers Association, Nashville, Tennessee, May 17–18, 2016

Speaker, “Young Professionals’ Involvement in AHLA Pro Bono Activities," American Health Lawyers Association, April 2015

Speaker, “The Need to Know of Due Diligence Review,” Healthcare Transactions Conference, American Health Lawyers Association, Nashville, Tennessee, April 10–11, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

American Health Lawyers Association, Leadership Development Program

Member, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Member, Chicago Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois


  • Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2012
  • University of MinnesotaB.A., Psychology & African and African American Studies2006