Melissa K. Eaves: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Melissa K. Eaves

Special Counsel
Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Litigation
University University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1982
Law SchoolPepperdine University, J.D., 1985
Admitted1986, California; 1991, U.S. District Courts, Central and Northern Districts of California; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth and Ninth Circuits; 1992, United States Supreme Court; 1993, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 2000, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California


Ms. Eaves is a special counsel in the White Collar/Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Eaves currently focuses her practice in complex civil litigation, fraud, investigations, white collar criminal defense and False Claims Act litigation. She has been practicing more than 25 years and has substantial experience in FTC litigation, compliance investigations, FAR MDR reviews and insolvency litigation. Ms. Eaves represented the California Insurance Commissioner in the Executive Life Insurance Company, First Capital and Mission Insurance Group insolvencies and reinsurance litigation, involving over 300 reinsurers worldwide, representing recoveries in excess of $1.3 billion.

Ms. Eaves has substantial litigation experience in both state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, enforcing judgments abroad, and supervision of domestic and foreign outside counsel.

•Senior member of a trial team representing Fry’s Electronics, Inc. in a $100 million fraud action. Ms. Eaves was responsible for coordination of discovery and experts. The case settled on favorable terms shortly before trial.
•Acted as “second chair” in a multi-million dollar defense action brought by the Federal Trade Commission in a false advertising case. The matter was complicated by an ongoing criminal investigation and ultimately settled prior to trial.
•Acted as “second chair” in fraud litigation involving a multi-million dollar real estate venture which was settled favorably on the eve of trial.
•Played a senior role in a year-long False Claims Act Mandatory Disclosure Rule “LookBack” investigation for Northrop Grumman Corporation.
•Acted as “second chair” in a trial involving an insurance insolvency rehabilitation as well as a senior role in litigation seeking recovery of facultative and treaty reinsurance proceeds which yielded over $1.3 billion to the estate.

Notable Engagements

Quackenbush v. Allstate Ins. Co. (517 U.S. 706, 1996).
Quackenbush v. Allstate Ins. Co. (121 F.3d 1371, 1997).
Quackenbush v. Mission Ins. Co. (62 Cal. App. 4th 797, 1998).
Quackenbush v. Mission Ins. Co. (46 Cal. 4th 458, 1996).
In re Mission Ins. Co. (Imperial), (41 Cal. App. 4th 828, 1995).
Sunburst Bank, N.A. v. Executive Life Ins. Co. (24 Cal. App. 4th 1156, 1994).
Prudential Ins. Co. v. Garamendi (3 Cal. 4th 1118, 1992).
California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan v. Garamendi (232 Cal. App. 3d. 904, 1991).

Publications & News

•Best Practices For Corporate Internal Investigations
Law360, March 11, 2014

Media Mentions
•Sheppard Mullin Signs Six from Mayer Brown
The Recorder, January 5, 2009

•Sheppard Mullin & Control Risks FCPA Workshop
Preventing Corruption: Good Business Practices = Good Business
May 12, 2010


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Corporate Internal Investigations: Best Practices
Bryan D. Daly,Melissa K. Eaves,Christopher E. Hale, March 10, 2014
A CEO receives an anonymous call claiming that someone is stealing company trade secrets or that an employee is taking kickbacks from a vendor. A GC gets a call from the HR director who has an employee accusing the company of submitting false bills to a government agency. You are served by a...
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Melissa K. Eaves

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448


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