Melissa Kalka is a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Melissa's practice focuses on representing private equity firms and public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, carve-outs and investment transactions. She also represents clients in connection with general corporate governance matters and securities regulations compliance. She has worked with clients in a wide range of industries and sectors, including consumer products, healthcare, manufacturing, technology and infrastructure. 

Melissa has been recognized in various legal publications for her work, including the Dallas Business JournalD CEO, and Texas Lawyer. Prior to practicing law, Melissa worked in commercial banking where her experience included underwriting and managing distressed assets.


Thought Leadership


Moderator, “Private Equity and the New Regulatory Landscape,” Kayo Conference Series, September 2023

Panelist, “Tips and Tricks of Going Private,” SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium, October 2022


“40 Under 40,” Dallas Business Journal, 2023

“Attorney of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions Awards,” D CEO Magazine, 2023

"Best Lawyers in Dallas - Private Equity," D Magazine, 2023

"Rising Star," Texas Super Lawyers, 2017–2023


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Texas


  • SMU Dedman School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2012

    Order of the Coif

    SMU Law Review

  • Texas A&M UniversityB.B.A., Managementcum laude2006