Melissa serves as Co-Chair of the Firm's International initiative. Her significant ties to Canada and her fluency in French are particularly helpful in assisting her international clients with their legal needs in the South Florida business community.
Melissa has had six reported cases:
Sewell v. D’Alessandro & Woodyard, Inc., 725 F. Supp. 2d 1344 WL 2872053 (M.D. Fla. 2010).
Parrot, Inc. v. Nicestuff Distributing International, Inc., 2009 WL 197979 (S.D. Fla. 2009).
Siegel v. Marcus, 980 So. 2d 1272 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008).
Jeffrey O. et al. v. City of Boca Raton, 511 F. Supp. 2d 1339 (S.D. Fla. 2007).
William Leonard Associates, Inc. v. Keshen, 994 So. 2d 1120 (Fla. L. Weekly D1428 2007).
United Auto. Ins. Co. v. Diagnostics of South Florida, Inc., 921 So.2d 23 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006).
EducationUniversity of Florida, J.D., Levin College of Law, cum laude, 2003McGill University, B.A., 2000
InvolvementAmerican Bar AssociationInternational Law Section, Canada Committee, Vice-Chair, 2013 - 2015; Co-Chair, 2015 - PresentAssociation for Women LawyersMemberBoys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Board of Directors, 2017
Gala Committee, 2014 - PresentBrazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of FloridaMemberCuban American Bar AssociationMemberThe Florida BarJudicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 2013 - 2015Greater Miami Chamber of CommerceLeadership Miami, Class of 2010Lawyers for Children AmericaVolunteer Attorney Ad Litem, 2005 - PresentMcGill Alumni AssociationPresident of the South Florida Chapter, 2007 - PresentNational Association of Women JudgesFriends Committee, 2011 - 2012
Court AdmissionsU.S. District Court, Middle District of FloridaU.S. District Court, Southern District of FloridaU.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh CircuitU.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Recognized Practitioner, 2017
Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers, Corporate Securities, 2014
Benchmark Litigation, Under 40 Hot List, 2016 - present
Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2016; Local Litigation Star, 2017
South Florida Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2013
Daily Business Review, 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, 2013
Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars, 2010 - present
Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2007 - 2008, 2012 - present
Lawyers for Children America Pro Bono Award, 2012
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