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About me

I grew up in Indialantic, Florida, attending Gemini and Indialantic Elementary, Hoover Junior High and Melbourne High School - Go Bulldogs! I played a number of sports growing up, including soccer, softball, volleyball and swimming. I then went to Stetson University on a soccer scholarship.


During my time at Stetson, I studied abroad in Nottingham, England and traveled to London, Paris and Munich with school programs. During that time I met my future husband, Martin, who was playing soccer for the Florida Institute of Technology.


After graduating from Stetson with my Bachelor's degree (minor in German), I went on to Florida State University for law school. Three years later, I passed the bar exam and began a master's degree at Florida State University. I worked at the Florida House of Representatives in the Fiscal Responsibility Committee during that time and completed the degree while at the Florida State University London campus.


Thereafter, I remained in London with my husband and began working with Gilbert, Turner & Coomber in the area of criminal defense. I qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2004 and practiced in the areas of criminal defense, prison law and immigration.


In 2010, we decided as a family to move back to Florida where I started working as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida's 18th Judicial Circuit. I was fortunate enough to be part of a wonderful organization at the State Attorney's Office and gained invaluable trial and advocacy experience. I then had the good fortune to be hired by John and Lynda Moser at Moser & Moser, P.A. and practised with that firm for over a year in the areas of family law, criminal defense and immigration.


We have a wonderful legal team at Coastal Legal Team, L.L.C. and would love to help you with your legal needs. We take a team effort in our representation and are dedicated to getting the best result possible for our clients.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    15 years
  2. Family: 30%
    4 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
  4. Litigation: 10%



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kendall Lance Horween

    I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is a strong and experienced advocate for her clients.


    Kendall Horween Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Rhonda Henderson

    I endorse this lawyer. Melissa knows immigration law and is bringing good advocacy and representation to Brevard County.


    Rhonda Henderson Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Coastal Legal Team, L.L.C.

225 Fifth Avenue
Suite 4
Indialantic, FL, 32903


FLMember in Good Standing200106/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2012 Young Lawyer Professionalism AwardBrevard County Bar Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberCoastal Legal Team, L.L.C.2013 - Present
Consultant AttorneyMcLarty and Co, Solicitors2010 - Present
AttorneyMoser & Moser, PA2012 - 2013
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office, 18th Judicial Circuit (Brevard & Seminole County)2010 - 2012
AssociateMcLarty and Co., Solicitors2006 - 2010
AssociateGilbert, Turner & Coomber, Solicitors2004 - 2006
Legal ClerkGilbert, Turner & Coomber, Solicitors2002 - 2004
ExternFlorida House Of Representatives, Fiscal Responsibility Committee2001 - 2002
Law ClerkCarlton Fields2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of CourtAssociate2011 - Present
Brevard County Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Junior LeagueActive Member2010 - Present
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Brevard County chapter)Co-Director of Publications2010 - Present
United Kingdom Roll of SolicitorsMember2004 - Present
Florida BarMember2001 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State UniversityInternational BusinessMS - Master of Science2002
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Stetson UniversityBusinessOther - Bachelors1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly LuncheonImmigration Consequences for Criminal Defendants2013
International StudiesComparative Law (USA/England & Wales)2009
Continuing Legal EducationPrison Law2009
International StudiesComparative Law (USA/England & Wales)2008