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

Phone  (813) 867-4826 (Tampa)
(407) 428-5106 (Orlando)
(813) 867-4826 (Direct)
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Melanie S. Griffin


Melanie S. Griffin, Dean Mead’s Tampa Office Managing Shareholder, practices in the firm’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 disputes for prominent Florida families.

Ms. Griffin has extensive courtroom experience, representing clients in both state and federal courts, most recently successfully first-chairing a trial in Complex Business Litigation Court, resulting in a favorable verdict on causes of action for civil theft, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of the duty of loyalty. 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.

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Professional and Civic Activities

  • Burning Spear, 2001-Present
    • Corporate Board Chairwoman, 2017-Present
    • Student President, 2004-2005
  • Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2007-Present
    • Auction for Action Co-Emcee, 2017
    • President – 2011-2012
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2007-Present
    • Board of Directors, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers Liaison, 2016-2017
    • Young Lawyers Awards, Mentoring and Nominating Committees, 2012-2015
  • Florida State University College of Law Board of Visitors, 2018-Present
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 2013-Present
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 2014-Present
    • Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Protégé Program - Mentor, 2014-Present; Kickoff Reception Keynote Speaker, 2018
    • Transit Panelist Presenter to Leadership Tampa Class '18
    • Leadership Tampa Alumni, 2016-Present
    • Leadership Tampa Class '16
    • Women of Influence Committee, 2014-2017
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2014-Present
    • Membership Co-Chair, 2014-2015
    • At-Large Director, 2015-2018
    • Mentoring Co-Chair, 2015-2016, 2017-2018
    • FAWL Liaison, 2016-2017
    • Treasurer, 2018-2019
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2014-Present
    • Programs Chair, 2015-2016
    • Trial & Litigation Section Executive Board, 2016-2018
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2007-Present
    • Young Lawyers Section At-Large Executive Board Member, 2008-2014
    • Nominee for 2010, 2011 and 2013 American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 2017-Present
  • The Florida Bar Foundation - Fellow, 2010-Present
    • Tampa Bay Times Op Ed "Investing in Civil Legal Aid Pays Off," 2017
  • The Women for Florida State University - Tampa Chapter Leadership Team, 2016-Present
  • Working Women of Tampa Bay, 2015-Present
    • 2018 Women with Impact Summit Panelist
    • 2017 Statewide Conference Speaker
  • Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, 2017-2019
    • Policy Committee Chair, 2017-2018
    • Finance Committee, 2017-2018
  • The Florida Bar Annual Convention Committee, 2015-2017
    • Chair, 2016-2017
    • Co-Chair, 2015-2016
  • The Florida Bar Leadership Academy Committee, 2014-2018
    • Vice Chair, 2015-2018
  • Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 2012-2015
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division - Board of Governors, 2009-2014
    • President, 2013-2014
  • American Bar Association, 2007-2014
    • 2010-2014 Annual & Mid-Year Meetings State Delegate
    • “How to be a Superstar Associate” & “Best Mentoring Practices” Podcasts Panelist
  • Florida A&M College of Law Board of Visitors, 2008-2012
    • Mentoring Committee Chair, 2011-2012
  • City of Orlando Civil Service Board - Vice Chair, 2008-2010
  • Leadership Orlando Class of 76, 2008-2009
  • Orange County Regional History Center Young Professionals Advisory Board, 2007-2009
    • Vice President of Philanthropy

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

  • Florida State University Torchbearer Development Council for Student Affairs - Board of Directors, 2010-Present
  • Spread Your Sunshine - Founder, 2017-Present
    • Junior League of Tampa Women in Leadership Panelist, 2018
    • Bush Ross, P.A. Women's Networking Social Keynote Speaker, 2018
    • League Year Kickoff Keynote Address to the Junior League of Gainesville, 2018
    • FSU College of Law Keynote Speaker, 2017-2018
    • Featured Small Magic Podcast Panelist, 2017
    • Featured USAmeriBank Women Entrepreneur, 2017
    • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Diversity Symposium Panelist, 2017
    • Guest Leader at The Florida State University LeaderShape Institute, 2017
    • University of Tampa Keynote Speaker, 2015-2018
  • University of South Florida Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, 2013-Present
    • Keynote Presenter - Leadership & Civic Engagement "Big Ideas" Lunchtime Leadership Series, 2018
    • Mentoring Committee, 2014-2017
  • Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Camp, 2017-2018
    • Women of Distinction CEO Coffee Keynote Speaker, December 2017
    • Camp CEO Mentor, January 2017
    • WDUV Radio Broadcast, January 2017
  • John Germany Young Readers "Read to Dream" Initiative Program Volunteer, 2016-2018
  • Frameworks of Tampa Bay Board of Directors, 2014-2016
    • Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award Nominee, 2016
    • Vice Chair, 2015-2016
    • Development & Community Outreach Committee Chair, 2015-2016
  • Poynter Institute Community Outreach Board, 2015-2016
  • Junior League of Greater Orlando, 2007-2011
    • Girls Advocacy Program Volunteer at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center
  • ALS Association's Orlando Walk to Defeat ALS Walk Co-Chair, 2008-2010
  • Steven G. Gey Foundation - Inaugural Board of Directors, Treasurer, 2008-2010


  • 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
    • Undergraduate Hall of Fame Inductee
    • College of Business Humanitarian of the Year
    • Delta Zeta Sorority President

Bar Admissions

Florida Bar, 2007-Present

Recognition & Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell: Preeminent AV Rating, 2010-Present
  • Named an Outstanding Commercial Litigation Lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, 2017 and 2018
  • Recipient of the FSU College of Business Recent Alumni Achievement Award, 2017
  • Named Outstanding Commercial/Business Litigation Attorney in Orlando Magazine, 2017
  • 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
  • Recipient of The Inspire Award, One of the FSU Women of Distinction, 2017
  • Honored as the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Woman of Promise, 2017
  • Recognized as a Tampa Bay Metro "Inspiring Woman in Business," 2016-2017
  • Recognized as an FSU Notable 'Nole, 2016
  • Recipient of the Angie's Award, Recognized as a Legal Services Finalist, Tampa Bay Business Journal BusinessWomen of the Year, 2016
  • Recognized as the February 2016 Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month
  • ALM 2015 Top Rated Lawyer, Business & Corporate Law
  • 2015 Corporate LiveWire – Global Award Winner, Labor & Employment – Tampa, FL
  • Recognized as an "Up & Comer" by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2015
  • Melanie Griffin is the Feature Cover Story on the Fall 2013 FSU College of Law Alumni Magazine
  • Recipient of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division's "Most Productive Board Member Award", 2011
  • Recipient of the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, 2011
  • Recipient of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Leader in the Law Award, 2010
  • Recipient of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division's Lynn Futch "Most Productive Young Lawyers Award", 2009
  • Recognized as one of the Top Women Lawyers in Orlando in the area of litigation in several issues of Orlando Home & Leisure

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