A litigation partner in the Los Angeles office, Melissa Ingalls has a wide-ranging complex commercial litigation practice, including contract and business tort disputes, consumer fraud claims and other class action defense, employment-related matters and insurance coverage matters. She has been involved in numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal courts and has handled matters in arbitration. 

In March 2005, Melissa was named one of the Top 20 Attorneys Under 40 by the Daily Journal Extra

In 2005, 2006 and 2009, Melissa was named one of California's Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal.

Melissa is a member of Kirkland's Firmwide Diversity and Recruiting Committees.


Thought Leadership


"INDOPCO, Inc. v. Commissioner:  Determining the Taxable Nature of a Target Corporation's Takeover Expenses," 43 DePaul Law Review 1165 (1994). Named "Worth Reading" by the National Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 26, February 27, 1995

Memberships & Affiliations

Los Angeles County Bar Association (Litigation Section)

American Bar Association (Litigation Section)

Member, Board of Directors, Public Counsel


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1994California
  • 2006District of Columbia


  • DePaul University College of LawJ.D.1994

    Order of the Coif

    Managing Editor, Notes & Comments, DePaul Law Review, 1993–1994

  • University of PennsylvaniaB.A.1990