Melissa Listug Klick

Of Counsel

Melissa Listug Klick has exclusively represented employers for more than ten years.  She regularly advises clients on leaves of absence, discrimination and harassment issues, accommodation issues, wage and hour issues, layoffs, and workplace safety concerns.  She has extensive experience representing employers in front of judges, arbitrators, and juries throughout California.

Melissa has litigated a myriad of employment disputes.  She has successfully obtained defense judgment through summary judgment or trial involving claims of defamation, contract, harassment, wage and hour, discrimination, accommodation, retaliation, and leaves of absence.  In addition to her extensive trial experience, she has argued before state, federal, and appellate courts on behalf of small and large employers.

Melissa also provides training to human resources groups and employers on a wide spectrum of employment issues.  She regularly trains on leave issues, harassment issues, new developments, and effective Human Resources and management.

Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Of Counsel, March 2013 – Present; Associate, January 2004 – March 2013
  • The Honorable Judge Jonathan Lebedoff, Chief Magistrate for the District of Minnesota, Judicial Extern, Fall 2002
  • Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel, Summer Associate, Summer 2002


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2003, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1999, summa cum laude


  • All California state courts
  • All Minnesota state courts
  • All United States District Courts in California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • 2016 MSBA High School Mock Trial Judge, January 2016
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly Representative, 2014-present
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Partnerships With Industry, Board Member, 2011-2013
  • Barrister Member, Clifford J. Wallace Inn of Court, 2011-2013
  • Associate Member, Clifford J. Wallace Inn of Court, 2006-2008
  • Homeless Court Stand Down for Homeless Vets Attorney Volunteer


  • EEOC Issues GINA Regulations: Tightening the Grasp on Employer Acquisition of Genetic Information, Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin, January 2011
  • California Court Refines Definition of “Supervisor” Under State Law, California Employment Law Letter, March 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Dealing With Employee Classifications, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 2015
  • Seven Habits, SHRM, April 2015
  • Romance in the Workplace, SHRM, April 2014
  • Navigating the Leave of Absence Minefield, SHRM, June 2013
  • New Developments, PPSC Annual Employment Law Update, November 2012
  • Nullifying Exemptions, SDEA (San Diego Employer’s Association) Roundtable, December 2011
  • Personnel Law 101, SDEA, November 2011
  • Romance in the Workplace, SDEA, February 2011
  • Healthcare Reform, LERA (San Diego - Labor Employment Research Association), October 2010
  • Financial Planning Association, quarterly meeting, September 2010
  • Navigating the Leave of Absence Minefield, Cavignac & Associates, August 2010
  • Healthcare Reform Compliance Workshop: Your Questions Answered, NIBM (National Institute of Business Management—National Webinar), August 2010
  • Healthcare Reform, Cavignac & Associates, June 2010
  • Leaves of Absence, SDEA, June 2010
  • It’s the Law; Health Care Reform, LEAP 2010: 6th Annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium, April 2010
  • Healthcare Reform 101 for Employers, MLER, April 2010
  • Administering Leaves, SDEA, January 2010
  • PPSC, Anti-Harassment Training (various)
  • April 19, 2016: Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar

Representative Matters

  • udgment for defendant in multi-million dollar arbitration
  • Defense verdict in national origin and race discrimination jury trial for Fortune 500 company
  • Summary judgment for defense contractor in arbitration
  • Unanimous defense verdict in age discrimination jury trial for Fortune 500 company
  • Judgment for defendant in $12 million ERISA arbitration for defense contractor
  • Summary judgment for national employer in sexual harassment and unpaid wages lawsuit
  • Summary judgment for national employer in race, disability, and religious discrimination lawsuit
  • De Minimis settlement for national employer of wage and hour class action claims after filing of class certification opposition
  • Unanimous defense verdict in sexual harassment jury trial for Fortune 500 company
  • Judgment for defendant in $3 million breach of contract arbitration
  • Summary judgment for national employer in gender and disability discrimination lawsuit
  • Judgment for defendant in disability accommodation and alleged violation of leave laws bench trial