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Address Locations:

100 S. Ashley Drive
Suite 600
Tampa, FL 33602

and also:

420 S. Orange Ave..
Suite 700
Orlando, Florida 32801

Phone  (813) 606-4598 (Tampa)
(407) 428-5106 (Orlando)
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Melanie S. Griffin

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Melanie S. Griffin practices in Dean Mead’s litigation department, representing clients locally in Tampa and Orlando, statewide throughout Florida, throughout the southeast, and beyond. She primarily advises and represents businesses of all sizes and types in commercial disputes and litigation, ranging from simple breach of contract actions to complex commercial cases involving intellectual property issues, real estate actions, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, tortious interference with contracts and business relationships, and substantive employment law issues such as harassment, discrimination and retaliation. She also represents individuals and entities in trust and estate litigation, having handled several multi-million dollar trust litigation disputes for prominent Florida families.

Ms. Griffin has extensive motion practice and courtroom experience, representing clients in both state and federal courts, and most recently completing a weeklong trial involving a landowner’s water permitting rights before Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings. She is well known for her excellent written and oral communication skills, professionalism, immediate attention to client matters, and keeping clients well-informed regarding the status of their case. She is one of the youngest attorneys in the firm’s history to receive an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell in only her fourth year of practice. Ms. Griffin was appointed to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority by Governor Rick Scott


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Professional and Civic Activities

  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division – Board of Governors, 2009-2014
    • President, 2013-2014
    • Most Productive Board Member, 2010-2011
  • The Florida Bar Leadership Academy Committee, 2014-2017
  • Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2007-2015
    • President – 2011-2012
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2014-2015
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2014-2015
    • Membership Co-chair
  • Orange County Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section, 2007-2015
    • At-Large Executive Board Member
    • Nominee for 2010, 2011 and 2013 American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • American Bar Association, 2007-2014
    • 2010-2014 Annual and Mid-Year Meetings State Delegate
    • “How to be a Superstar Associate” and “Best Mentoring Practices” Podcasts Panelist
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2007-2015
    • Member of the Young Lawyers, Awards, Mentoring and Nominating Committees, 2012-2015
  • Florida A&M College of Law Board of Visitors, 2008-2012
    • Mentoring Committee Chair, 2011-2012
  • Florida Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 2012-2015
  • Leadership Orlando Class of 76
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 2014-2015
    • Women of Influence and Policy Committees
  • Orange County Regional History Center Young Professionals Advisory Board, 2007-2009
    • Vice President of Philanthropy
  • City of Orlando Civil Service Board – Vice Chair, 2008-2010
  • Citrus Civitan Club, 2009-2010
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 2013-2015

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

  • Frameworks of Tampa Bay Board of Directors, 2014-2015
  • Poynter Institute Community Outreach Board, 2015-2016
  • Seminole Torchbearers - Board of Directors, 2010-2015
  • University of South Florida Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, 2013-2015
    • Mentoring Committee
  • ALS Association's Orlando Walk to Defeat ALS Committee, 2008-2010; Walk Co-Chair
  • Steven G. Gey Foundation - Inaugural Board of Directors, Treasurer, 2008-2010
  • Junior League of Greater Orlando, 2007-2011

Education

  • M.B.A./J.D.: Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 2006
    • Book Awards for Legal Writing and Research, Federal Securities Litigation Seminar
    • Moot Court - Federal Securities Litigation Competitions, Workers' Compensation Competition, Order of the Barristers
    • Business Review, Editor-in-Chief
    • Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, Executive Editor
    • Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, Article and Notes Editor
  • Undergraduate Degree in Business Finance, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 2003
    • Student Body Treasurer
    • Florida State University Hall of Fame Inductee
    • College of Business Humanitarian of the Year
    • Delta Zeta Sorority President

Bar Admissions

Florida

Recognition & Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell: Preeminent AV Rating
  • Named an Outstanding Commercial Litigation Lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, 2017 and 2018
  • Named Outstanding Commercial/Business Litigation Attorney in Orlando Magazine, 2017
  • Honored as FSU Women of Distinction during the second annual presentation of The Inspire Award in Tampa, FL, 2017
  • Honored as the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Woman of Promise, 2017
  • Recipient of the Angie's Award, Tampa Bay Business Journal BusinessWomen of the Year Event, 2016
  • Recognized as a Legal Elite ‘Up and Comer’ and Outstanding Commercial Litigation Attorney, Florida Trend Magazine for eight consecutive years, 2010-2017
  • Recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ and Outstanding Business Litigation Attorney by Florida Super Lawyers for eight consecutive years, 2010-2017
  • ALM 2015 Top Rated Lawyer, Business & Corporate Law
  • 2015 Corporate LiveWire – Global Award Winner, Labor & Employment – Tampa, FL
  • Featured Panelist on the Legal Talk Network, 2015: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/florida-bar/2015/01/florida-bar-winter-meeting-balancing-career-bar-involvement/
  • Recognized as a "2015 Up & Comer" by the Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • Featured Cover Story on the Fall, 2013 FSU College of Law Alumni Magazine: http://www.deanmead.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Florida-State-Law-Melanie-Griffin-Cover-Story-Fall-2013.pdf
  • Recipient of the 2010 Florida Association for Women Lawyers Leader in the Law Award
  • Recipient of the 2009 Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar ‘Most Productive Young Lawyers Award’
  • Recipient of the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, 2011
  • Recognized as one of the Top Women Lawyers in Orlando in the area of litigation in several issues of Orlando Home and Leisure