University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts with honors – Political Science
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts with honors – Environmental Science
Florida State College of Law, Juris Doctor with high honors: Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law – Editor in Chief; Florida State Law Review; Order of the Coif
Books Awards (highest grade in class): Legal Research and Writing I, Legal Research and Writing II, Criminal Law, Administrative Law, Florida Water Law
Melanie represents governmental and private clients in all areas of civil litigation, with a focus on employment defense litigation and Human Resources compliance, consultation, and training, with respect to state and federal employment laws and regulations. Melanie has experience representing employer clients from the initial claim with the EEOC/FCHR all the way through jury trials and appellate disposition thereof in all manner of employment-related claims, including Chapter 760, Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, whistleblower retaliation claims, drafting and enforcement/defense of non-compete agreements, and constitutional claims arising out of employment disputes.
Melanie additionally has experience representing both public and private entities in all aspects of civil law, including administrative and regulatory law, personal injury and other tort defense, real property and foreclosure claims and litigation, general business and contract disputes, state and federal appellate advocacy, and working with business clients to form entities and obtain tax exempt status from the IRS. Melanie also represents clients involved in family law disputes.
Melanie is an avid triathlete, FSU sports fan (despite her undergraduate institution), and lover of the outdoors. She strives to impart all of those passions upon her young daughter, Fiona.
Florida Bar, 2011
Georgia Bar, 2012
Northern District of Florida
Middle District of Florida
Southern District of Florida
Middle District of Georgia
William H. Stafford American Inn of Court
Student Education and Admission to the Bar Committee
Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar – Law School Liaison Committee
Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2017
Tallahassee Women Lawyers
Tallahassee Bar Association
Gulf Winds Track Club
Gulf Winds Triathletes