Melisa San Martin Bailey

Melisa San Martin Bailey

Melisa San Martin Bailey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, with a minor in Justice Administration, from the University of Louisville in 2003. She attended the University of Louisville on an athletic scholarship where she competed for four years on the women’s tennis team.

Melisa received her juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, in 2006. While pursuing her law degree, Melisa was an active member of the Florida Law Review; was published in the Journal of Technology Law and Policy; and earned book awards in legal research and writing, Appellate Advocacy and Trial Practice. Melisa also was a student extern for The Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and served as a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy courses.

Following law school, Melisa joined a large Tampa law firm where her practice included multiparty litigation, contractual disputes, general tort claims, construction and products liability litigation. Melisa served as a federal law clerk to The Honorable Mary S. Scriven, United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Following her federal clerkship, Melisa gained significant civil litigation experience in both State and Federal Florida Courts. She joined Marshall, Dennehey, Warner Coleman & Goggin, one of the nation’s largest purely insurance defense law firms in June 2010. She focused her practice primarily in the defense of retail liability claims, including premises liability, product liability and negligent security claims, along with automobile and trucking negligence cases.

Melisa is a current member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

Melisa’s articles have been published in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Woman Advocate, a publication by the American Bar Association. She also presented seminars to clients on topics including Collateral Sources and Set-Offs in Florida, Medicare Updates, and Recent Updates to Premises Liability Law in Florida.

Melisa is a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hillsborough County Bar, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL), and is an attorney ad litem volunteer. She has been named on the Florida Rising Stars List for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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