Melinda Morris

Melinda Morris has been practicing law since 1999 and is the managing attorney of the Morris Law Firm, P.A. As a former Assistant State Attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Clearwater, Pinellas County, FL, Ms. Morris has handled thousands of cases from investigation through sentencing. The experience prosecuting cases, along with Ms. Morris’ extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney allows her to aggressively defend her clients.

Extensive Criminal Law Experience

While a felony prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County, Ms. Morris prosecuted thousands of criminal cases including DUI, domestic violence, juvenile crimes, and various other misdemeanor and felony offenses. This understanding of the techniques used often by the prosecution has proved invaluable for her criminal defense clients.

Ms. Morris served as a member of the DUI Manslaughter/Vehicular Homicide Squad, a Lead Trial Attorney, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor, and a Child Abuse Prosecutor. She has participated in 50 jury trials, and has first-hand experience and jury trials for first degree murder, manslaughter, capital sexual battery, robbery, DUI, domestic violence and others.

A Strong Legal Education that Benefits Clients

Ms. Morris attended Stetson University where she received both a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Business Administration. Stetson University College of Law is ranked No. 1 for trial advocacy and No. 2 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report and has provided Ms. Morris her outstanding legal foundation.

Ms. Morris’ MBA degree in addition to her JD degree enables her to understand the nuances and intricacies of business and corporate procedure, and allows her to provide outstanding representation for those clients accused of White Collar Crimes.

Professional Recognition

In 2008, Melinda Morris was named a “Rising Star” by the Tampa Bay Times. Ms. Morris is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

Our Awards

  • Avvo Clients' Choice 2012 - Melinda Morris
    Avvo Clients' Choice 2012 - Melinda Morris
  • Avvo Clients' Choice 2015 - Criminal Defense
    Avvo Clients' Choice 2015 - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo Client's Choice 2016 - Criminal Defense
    Avvo Client's Choice 2016 - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo Client's Choice 2017 - Melinda Morris
    Avvo Client's Choice 2017 - Melinda Morris
  • Avvo Clients' Choice 2020 - Melinda Morris
    Avvo Clients' Choice 2020 - Melinda Morris
  • Avvo Rating: 10.0 - Melinda Morris
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 - Melinda Morris
  • Top 3 Criminal Lawyers in St. Petersburg 2018
    Top 3 Criminal Lawyers in St. Petersburg 2018
  • Top 3 Criminal Lawyers in St. Petersburg 2019
    Top 3 Criminal Lawyers in St. Petersburg 2019
  • Best Business of 2020
    Best Business of 2020
  • Lawyer Legion - Melinda Morris
    Lawyer Legion - Melinda Morris
  • Avvo Rated: Superb
    Avvo Rated: Superb
  • WFLA-TV
    WFLA-TV

    Featured On

  • CBS Tampa Bay
    CBS Tampa Bay

    Featured On

  • Avvo Clients' Choice 2021
    Avvo Clients' Choice 2021
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Professional Associations

  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
    St. Petersburg Bar Association

    Member

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    Hillsborough County Bar Association

    Member

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Member

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
    DUI Defense Lawyers Association

    Member

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Member

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Education

  • Juris Doctorate, Stetson University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate, Stetson University College of Law
  • Master of Business Administration, Stetson University
    Master of Business Administration, Stetson University
  • Bachelor of Science, Florida State University
    Bachelor of Science, Florida State University
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Bar Licenses

  • Florida Bar
    Florida Bar

    Member in Good Standing

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Federal Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
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Client Testimonials

Hear From Real People We've Helped
  • I cannot thank Melinda Morris enough.

    “To the point: Melinda Morris is not only an amazing lawyer, but a compassionate human being. I received same day representation for my child with warmth and tenacious legal experience. Melinda is what ...”

    - Avvo User
  • She took a personal understanding of my specific case and explained things to me every step of the way.

    “I had the pleasure to be represented by Melinda Morris of Morris Law Firm. Working with her made the process of what I was dealing with painless and stress free. During the entire process she was ...”

    - Mike T. on Google
  • Ultimately she was able to get the charges dropped without trial, or plea.

    “I think everyone's biggest concern when hiring a lawyer is will the lawyer be responsive, and will they put your best interests first. Melinda represented me in two cases in which my wife was trying ...”

    - Avvo User
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