Melissa B. Murphy is a Partner in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group and member of the Insurance/Reinsurance Industry Group.

Melissa focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation and has experience in litigating breach of fiduciary duty claims, and employment and breach of contract claims including enforcement of non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure provisions. Melissa has practiced in the area of real property litigation, contracts and indebtedness, and enforcement of restrictive covenants. She has extensive experience working with financial institutions.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Melissa practiced at Cobb Cole focusing on similar matters.


  • Represented large insurance broker in lawsuit against former employees and secured the largest settlement in the company’s history.
  • Representation of financial institutions in numerous legal actions.
  • Representation of individuals and homeowner and condominium associations with regards to enforcement of declarations and covenants.
  • Representation of a large developer on a condominium project.
  • Representation of companies to recover collateral.
  • Representation of individuals in boundary disputes.
  • Representation of a large hospital system in numerous matters including property tax disputes, litigation with a former vendor, employment litigation, and providing advice on Florida’s Baker Act Laws.
Honors & Awards: 
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Volusia/Flagler Business Report, "40 under 40" Business Professionals, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013 – 2019
  • Leadership Award, Presented by the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation, 2017
  • Young Leaders Award Presented by the Community Foundation of Volusia & Flagler, Division of United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, 2016 
  • Distinguished Service Award presented by the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, 2016
  • Leadership Award, Presented by the Volusia Young Professionals Group, 2015
Professional Activities: 
  • Volusia Young Professionals Group, President-2015
  • Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation, Chairman of the Board, 2015 - 2017
  • Volusia County Bar Association
  • Volusia Young Professionals Group
  • Member of the Order of the Coif
  • Checkered Flag Committee
  • Leadership Daytona Class XXXIII, Graduate
  • Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, President, 2011-2012
  • Chair of the Community Council: Project W.A.R.M. Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare
  • Board of Directors/Executive Committee: Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare
  • Florida Supreme Court Internship Program



J.D., Florida State University College of Law, magna cum laude, Law Review, Research & Writing Editor, Order of the Coif
B.A., Florida State University, summa cum laude

State Bar Admissions


Federal Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Community Service

Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation