Melissa Harclerode is a member of Kirkland & Ellis‘ Employment and Labor Practice Group and is based in the Firm's Washington, D.C., office. Melissa has comprehensive experience advising clients on labor and employment matters in the context of complex national and international corporate transactions, including conducting acquisition-related due diligence and risk assessment and assisting clients with post-acquisition and restructuring-related issues. Melissa also counsels employers on issues relating to federal, state, and local employment and labor laws, including representing employers in litigation, arbitration, and administrative agency proceedings (both actions brought forth by government agencies as well as current and former employees). Additionally, Melissa assists clients with negotiating and drafting complex employment-related agreements and corporate policies.


Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Admitted only in New York and Virginia and practice is supervised by principals of the Firm


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.2013
    Managing Editor, Virginia Law & Business Review
  • New York UniversityB.A., Politics2010