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Christopher Luis Melendez

Family Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

5.0   3 reviews
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  • Licensed for 9 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2014
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Personalized legal solutions to help you move forward as your family transitions to new legally defined roles and responsibilities.

  2. Child custody
    Compassionate and aggressive representation, asserting and defending your rights as a parent or guardian. Creating time-sharing schedules, defining safe co-parent boundaries and responsibilities, drafting parenting plans, calculating child support.

  3. Divorce and separation
    Supportive and knowledgeable guidance through all aspects of the dissolution of marriage process. Temporary and emergency issues, equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, dividing retirement, spousal and child support, and modifications.

  4. Alimony
    Skillful and detailed analysis of the financial needs of the parties and the ability to pay. This is a complex area of Florida law requiring a several factor examination of the parties unique and individual economic circumstances and contributions.


Attorney Christopher Melendez is the Managing Attorney for The Virga Law Firm's Tallahassee office.  Mr. Melendez is an experienced, knowlegeable and compassionate family law attorney who has helped countless families throughout the state of Florida.  

Christopher Melendez focuses  almost exclusively on assisting families navigating the emotionally charged and often legally complex area of family law. Working with high asset and liability distribution and alimony schedules, establishing paternity, drafting parenting plans and time-sharing calendars, calculating child support, obtaining injunctions for protection, negotiating settlement terms, mediation advocacy, dividing retirement and other complex financial instruments and accounts are just some of the multiple legal areas of family law that Mr. Melendez practices.

Christopher graduated from Florida State University Cum Laude, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship.  After obtaining over a decade of experience in his families' business, Christopher went on to attend law school. While obtaining his law degree Christopher served as a teaching assistant for various courses, including: Florida Coastal’s Lawyering Process I (legal writing and research), Lawyering Process II, and Advanced Legal Research courses. In addition, Chris interned for in the United States Middle District of Florida and earned a certificate in legal research, writing, and drafting.

Joining The Virga Law Firm, P.A. in 2016, Christopher brings years of conflict resolution experience, superb legal writing, and a dedication to thorough research and zealous advocacy to help families in need.


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The Virga Law Firm, P.A.
The Virga Law Firm, P.A.
415 Richard Jackson Blvd
Suite 500
Panama City, FL, 32407
The Virga Law Firm, P.A.
1800 Pembrook Dr. Suite 160
Orlando, FL, 32810
The Virga Law Firm, P.A.
455 Harrison Ave Suite E
Panama City, FL, 32401
The Virga Law Firm, P.A.
134 Eglin Pkwy NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
The Virga Law Firm, P.A.
109 E. Garden St Suite B.
Pensacola, FL, 32502
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Posted by Stephen | June 5, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful and Professional
I contacted Mr. Melendez regarding a family custody issue, and he was very helpful and knowledgeable regarding the many potential avenues and solutions for my custody issue. I will not hesitate to hire Mr. Melendez should the need arise. I definitely recommend him.
Posted by Tony | May 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I hired Christopher Melendez to represent me . And I’m glad I did. Christopher Melendez really knows his stuff. He is very knowledgeable and will take the time to answer any questions and explain them. He is on time and will return phone calls quickly. I would recommend Christopher Melendez any day. Great lawyer. He really helped me through a very difficult time . I would hire him anytime. Thank you for all you did. You are a blessing.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Family and Marriage advice
I spoke with Mr. Melendez custody in the event of a divorce. He was very insightful, patient, and sincere. He was very honest about the effect divorce has on children and how the court wants what is best for the child and the family. He also recommended marriage counseling as divorce should only be pursued if reconciliation is not possible. It was helpful to receive legal expertise from someone who genuinely cared about you and your marriage.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Virga Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Michael Gold Law Office
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate
  • The Ticktin Law Group, P.A.
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Korte and Wortman, P.A.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Legal Services of North Florida
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Teacher's Assistant: Advanced Legal Research
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Michael E. Seelie
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • Chambers of Honorable Judge Schlesinger: U.S. Middle District of Florida
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • St. John's County State Attorney Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Teaching Assistant - Lawyering Process I/II
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2011 - 2012
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  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006


  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Family Law and Ethics for Paralegals
  • Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information
  • 2020
  • Presentation to JAG Corps regarding Military Divorce - Tyndall Air Force Base
  • Military Divorce
  • 2017
  • Northwest Florida Collaborative Law Group Info Session
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
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Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse Chris Melendez as an excellent family law attorney . I have known Chris for many years and briefly supervised him with family law cases in my Tallahassee office. Chris has tenacity. He is a great advocate and gives the extra attention to his cases so that the client is always first. Chris has gone in with his current firm to excel in family law litigation and mediation to the extent that he manages a local office autonomously. Tallahassee always has room for another good family lawyer and Chris will make his mark here."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an extremely competent and hard-working attorney. We’ve consulted each other on matters of various practice areas in the years we’ve known each other. He explains everything to make sure that we’re on the same page during any discussions we have. You’re in good hands if you hire Chris to represent you."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris does excellent work. He’s a conscientious worker that cares for his clients. I fully endorse him."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Christopher Melendez and I worked together at the Orlando office of the Virga Law Firm. He is a thorough and knowledgeable attorney that works hard for his clients. Attorney Melendez often stays after hours and works late to ensure preparedness for court appearances. He is friendly and easy to work with but aggressive when he needs to be. Additionally, he has worked in multiple offices throughout the state of Florida, which makes him a great asset to the firm and his clients. I highly endorse Attorney Melendez!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Melendez is an outstanding attorney. He is hard working and extremely knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Melendez is a knowledgeable attorney and is one of my first stops when I need to discuss a complex legal matter. Mr. Melendez works hard for his clients and is often the last attorney to leave the office. He truly cares about his clients and their success."
Foreclosure Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Christopher Melendez in 2015 in south Florida. Mr. Melendez proved to be a very dedicated and committed attorney, and was always willing to assist a fellow colleague when needed. We worked together on bench trials during my time in mortgage foreclosure litigation, and he was a helpful and critical part to our litigation division. I would not hesitate a moment in recommending Mr. Melendez to anyone seeking legal advice."
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Tallahassee Family Lawyer Christopher Luis Melendez
Christopher Luis Melendez
Family Attorney
Tallahassee, FL
Licensed for 9 years
Virtual consultation available