- Harvard Law School – JD
- University of Florida – BA, cum laude
Melissa Haldorsen is an Assistant General Counsel at GeneralCounselWest, PC, focused on advising healthcare companies in variety of contracting, regulatory, and transactional matters. She works closely with client business teams and senior leadership on high-profile contract negotiations and disputes, including by developing best practices and negotiation strategies. Melissa also represents clients in negotiating and closing transactions, as well as by providing regulatory and compliance support for daily operations.
Prior to joining GeneralCounselWest, Melissa worked in the litigation department at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She represented and advised clients across a wide range of industries (healthcare/pharma, aerospace, entertainment, insurance, technology, real estate) on labor and employment, regulatory, and general litigation matters. She routinely researched and drafted motions and other briefings on complex legal issues in both the pre-trial and appellate contexts. She also managed discovery and document reviews, as well as prepared witnesses for and defended depositions.
Melissa earned her law degree in 2009 from Harvard Law School, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and a Big Sister in the Women’s Law Association. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At UF, she volunteered as a mentor for public school children through the university’s mentoring program.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys photography, travel, and spending time with family.
She is a member of the California bar, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California.