Melissa B. Murphy


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Phone: (813) 488-2938

Fax: (813) 488-2960

Creativity, hard work, and the drive to be the best are what distinguish the lawyers at Freeborn. Clients demand creative solutions to difficult problems and ask that their lawyers work harder than the other side. We answer the demand each time. I am proud to work with some of the most talented and caring lawyers at Freeborn.



Melissa 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 and experience as appellate counsel.

Melissa has extensive experience working with in-house counsel and executives to manage litigation.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Melissa practiced at Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach, Florida, focusing on similar matters.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • 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.

  • Representation of individuals in boundary disputes.

  • Representation of companies to recover collateral.

  • Representation of a large developer on a condominium project.

  • Representation of individuals and homeowner and condominium associations with regards to enforcement of declarations and covenants.

  • Representation of financial institutions in numerous legal actions.

  • Represented large insurance broker in lawsuit against former employees and secured the largest settlement in the company's history.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® - Commercial Litigation, 2023 (cited in multiple years)
  • 2021 AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - Highest possible rating
  • Volusia/Flagler Business Report, "40 under 40" Business Professionals, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013 – 2019, 2021-2022, Business Litigation
  • 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

Professional Activities

  • Hillsborough County Association for Women Lawyers, Board Member, 2019-Present
  • Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Staying in the Game Committee Member, 2019-Present
  • 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