Melissa Grim is a partner in the Employee Benefits Practice Group in Kirkland's Chicago office. Melissa advises clients in connection with a wide range of employee benefits-related matters, including the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions. She has extensive experience counseling clients on health care reform issues as well as the design, implementation, and administration of defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, ESOPs, health and welfare plans, wellness programs and other benefit and compensation plans. She also represents clients in handling and negotiating inquiries, audits, investigations and assessments, advisory or other ruling requests, and voluntary compliance correction matters with the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. In addition, a portion of Melissa’s practice includes assisting with litigation matters involving ERISA and benefits-related claims.


Thought Leadership


"Health Care Reform Compliance Guidance" for Kane County Regional Office of Education on 5/10/2013

"Compliance Guidance: Are You Prepared for a PPACA Audit?" webinar on 5/9/2013

"A Legal Interpretation of Health Care Reform" for Kane DuPage Human Resources Association on 3/13/2013

"Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions: Transactional, Labor, Employment and Benefits Issues" for CLE Breakfast Briefing on 1/15/2013

"Health Care Reform: Employer Decisions and Options" for Midwest Business Group on Health on 1/14/2013

"Employee Benefits Issues Under Health Care Reform Following Supreme Court Decision" for ASHHRA Annual Meeting on 9/22/2012


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2006Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • DePaul University College of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2006

    Order of the Coif

    Editor-in-Chief, DePaul Journal of Health Care Law

    CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Managed Care

    CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Commercial Paper

    Co-Chair, DePaul Health Law Institute Student Board of Directors

    Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing

    Health Law & Medical Scholar, American Medical Association, Medical Ethics

  • Drake UniversityM.B.A.2001
  • Iowa State UniversityB.S.1998