Melissa attended the University of Florida and is a 2002 graduate of the University of South Florida where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Prior to focusing on legal studies, Melissa attended classes at the University of South Florida's College of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Division with concentration in Neuroscience.
Melissa obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2009 and was admitted to the Florida Bar the same year. While studying at Stetson, Melissa worked full time as a claims consultant specializing in Individual Disability Income Claims.
Melissa is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, and her work is primarily focused in the area of first-party property insurance defense. In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, Melissa is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Melissa is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.