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Whittel & Melton, LLC is a full service Florida law practice with an emphasis on representing clients in all Personal Injury cases as well as Wrongful Death tragedies, Criminal trial & DUI Defense, and Labor & Employment disputes. The firm was formed when Gainesville & Ocala Attorney Robert G. Whittel and Spring Hill & New Port Richey Lawyer Jason M. Melton joined their respective practices to better accommodate their clients throughout Tampa Bay including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Brooksville and The Villages.  As the firm grew, we expanded our operations back to South Florida where we started as State Prosecutors in Miami to serve Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties from our Boca Raton office.



Juris Doctor, The Catholic University of America

University of San Diego School of Law
Comparative Law Institute, Florence, Italy

B.A., Southern Methodist University

Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeFlorida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Hernando County Bar Association
President, 2007-2008
Executive Board Member 2005-2007

5th Judicial Circuit Professional Panel

Appointed 2014, 2015 by Chief Judge

Teen Court Judge

Florida Justice Association

The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

American Association for Justice

Traffic Court Rules Committee, Florida Bar

Citrus County Bar Association

Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court

Previous Experience
Assistant State Attorney, State of Florida, 11th Judicial Circuit
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas, Dallas, Texas
U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of General Counsel, Litigation, Washington, D.C.
State Attorney’s Office, Montgomery County, Maryland


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 51%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    14 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Employment: 10%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    12 years
  5. Other: 4%
  6. More 



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • James Paul Gitkin

    I have had the pleasure of working on several complex injury cases with Jason. He is an aggressive litigator who has an uncanny ability to break down a complicated case and come up with a winning strategy. I highly endorse Jason as he is a true rising star in our profession.


    James Gitkin Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Seton Timothy Hengesbach

    Jason is an outstanding lawyer who has a well deserved reputation among his colleagues and clients. I've had the privilege of working with him on several matters. His professionalism and dedication are unparalleled. I highly recommend him.


    Seton Hengesbach Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Whittel & Melton, LLC

One Progress Plaza
200 Central Ave., Suite 400
St Petersburg, FL, 33701

Whittel & Melton, LLC

2909 W Bay to Bay Blvd
Tampa, FL, 33629

Whittel & Melton, LLC

118 SW Fort King Street
Ocala, FL, 34471-1145

Whittel & Melton, LLC

11020 Northcliffe Blvd.
Spring Hill, FL, 34608

Whittel & Melton, LLC

111 West Main Street #303
Inverness, FL, 34450-4807

Whittel & Melton, LLC

3700 Airport Road
Suite 303
Boca Raton, FL, 33431



FLMember in Good Standing200206/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Life MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2015
Life MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Appointment to Traffic Court Rules CommitteeFlorida Bar2011
Appointment to Traffic Court Rules CommitteeFlorida Bar2010
Top DUI Criminal Law BlogsCriminal Justice Degree Online2010
Appointment to Traffic Court Rules CommitteeFlorida Bar2009
Appointment as JudgeHernando County Teen Court2008
Nominee for Florida State House of RepresentativesFlroida Democratic Party2008
Appointment to Traffic Court Rules CommitteeFlorida Bar2008
Endorsed, Florida State House of RepresentativesSt. Petersburg Times2008
Appointment to Traffic Court Rules CommitteeFlorida Bar2007
Appointment as ProsecutorState Attorney's Office, 11th Judicial Circuit2002
Deans AwardThe Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerWhittel & Melton, LLC2009 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Jason M. Melton, P.A.2006 - 2012
Assistant State Attorney/ ProsecutorState of Florida2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitMember2015 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaMember2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
5th Judicial Circuit Professional PanelAttorney Member2014 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2012 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationEagle Sponsor2012 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationMember2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaMember2007 - Present
Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law SectionMember2007 - Present
Citrus-Hernando American Inn of CourtMember2007 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers SectionMember2006 - Present
Hernando County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Florida BarMember2002 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationEagle Associate2011 - 2012
Florida Justice AssociationSoaring Eagle2009 - 2011
Hernando County Bar AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
Hernando County Bar AssociationVice President2006 - 2007
Hernando County Bar AssociationTreasurer2005 - 2006
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersMember2004 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. MMWithhold on Careless Driving - DUI Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
St. Petersburg TimesThe legal perspective on car insurance2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Southern Methodist UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
University of San Diego School of LawSummerItalyN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hernando County, Florida College Scholarship Awareness4th Amendment2007