Melanie B. Harmon is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Melanie’s practice primarily focuses on advising private equity funds and their portfolio companies in connection with acquisition and divesture transactions and other complex corporate matters.


Thought Leadership


Co-Author, "The Private Equity Review: United States," The Law Reviews, 2022–2023

Author, "Applying Leon: Does the Good Faith Exception Apply to Title III Interceptions?," University of Chicago Legal Forum, 2012


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors
    Executive Editor, The University of Chicago Legal Forum
  • Northwestern UniversityB.A., Economics & Political Sciencemagna cum laude

    Honors in Economics

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Deibler Award for Distinguished Senior Thesis, The Economics of Mortgage Foreclosure Laws: Investigating Borrower and Lender Responses to Differentiated Legal Regimes