Melanie C. Kalmanson, Associate


Melanie Kalmanson focuses her practice in commercial litigation and represents business and individual clients in all phases of litigation in state and federal court. She represents local and national lenders, loan servicers, contractors, and other sophisticated parties in a variety of disputes, including loan enforcement actions, real estate disputes, contract disputes, franchise matters, construction matters, and tort actions. She takes a pragmatic approach toward every dispute to efficiently and effectively obtain the best available outcomes while managing risk.

As a former Florida Supreme Court law clerk, Melanie has an invaluable understanding of the appellate process, unique perspective on strategies to best assist clients, and familiarity with the Florida Supreme Court’s jurisdiction.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2016)
    • Executive Editor, Florida State University Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • Florida State University (B.S., cum laude, 2013)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Trustees
    • Executive Committee, Secretary
    • Publications Committee, Chair (2019-2022)
  • Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, Member (2021-2022)
  • First District Court of Appeal Inn of Court, Alumni Member
  • Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, Member
  • FSU College of Law Raising the Bar Professionalism Program, Alumni Advisory Board Member
  • ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, Steering Committee Member
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee Thunderdome Class 6
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch," Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, 2022, 2023
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