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Melissa is licensed to practice law in the United States Federal Middle District Courts as well as the Florida State Courts. She is experienced in the courtroom, having conducted both jury and nonjury trials in both criminal and civil cases. Throughout her career, Melissa has remained active in the legal community. Additionally, in keeping with her commitment to public service, she continues to participate in pro bono and charitable causes, most recently being named to the Board of Directors of the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

When not pursuing legal and community service goals, Melissa enjoys Muay Thai kickboxing, snowboarding, traveling & spending time with her family and friends.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 45%
    19 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    19 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    19 years



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Contact info

Melissa R. Sharpsteen & Associates, P.A.

1915 Tyrone Blvd N
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33710


FLMember in Good Standing199506/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Attorney, ShareholderMelissa R. Sharpsteen & Associates, P.A.1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer FoundationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation One Step Closer to the Cure 5k Run/WalkChairperson2010 - Present
Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer FoundationMember2010 - Present
Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2002 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionN/A2000 - Present
Florida Bar AssocationN/A1995 - Present
Pinellas County Homeless CourtAttorney Volunteer2010 - 2010
Stetson Law SchoolJudge - Opening Statements Competition2007 - 2007
Barney Masterson Inns of CourtMember2002 - 2006
Canakaris American Inn of CourtN/A2000 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v. E.MN/A
State v MooreNot Guilty
State v R.D.State filed a "no information" dismissing the new charge and the violation of probation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tampa Bay ReviewSometimes, law is an exotic business2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of LouisvilleLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of MichiganBachelor of ArtsEconomics1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Day High School Speakers ProgramRights & Responsibilities of Young Adults2011
Guest SpeakerAdvocating for clients, patients and a cause2011
Criminal Justice StudentsCriminal Defense Advocacy2011
Law Day High School Speakers ProgramRights and Responsibilities of Becoming a Young Adult2007
Law Day Speakers ProgramRights and Responsibilites of Young Adults2006
Law Day High School Speakers ProgramRights & Responsibilities of Young Adults2005