MEET ATTORNEY MELISSA A. BRYAN
Melissa A. Bryan was born and raised in Portmore, Jamaica. She came to the U.S. as an international student and has a first-hand experience as an immigrant. Marrying her experience as an immigrant with her studies in law and criminal justice, she specializes in immigration law handling family and business visa petitions.
She also helps criminal clients with traffic, felony and misdemeanor offenses and is experienced in family law, specifically divorce, child support, and paternity cases. Melissa is a prime example of having an attorney when it matters as she uses her skill set in these various areas of law to navigate clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
Before joining HAWM Law, Melissa was an Advanced Law Student Legal Advocate representing clients at the Barry University, Dwayne O Andreas School of Law’s Immigration Clinic. She was also a Legal Clerical Assistant at Foley & Lardner LLP handling civil and construction litigation matters.
During her law school studies, she graduated in the top 20 % of her class in law school with cum laude honors, and litigation honors certification. She served as the president of the Barry Law’s Federal Bar Student Association and the Caribbean Law Students Association, and co-authored and edited numerous articles for publications such as the Child & Family Law Journal, Howard Law Journal, and the Carolina Academic Press. Melissa also served as a speaker and panelist for the Howard Law Journal Branton Symposium in 2020 & the ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice on climate gentrification in 2021.
Attorney Melissa A. Bryan is dedicated in aiding families with their legal problems as she views herself as an esteemed problem solver. Attorney Bryan is currently MBA candidate with the aim of using the wealth of knowledge from her masters to strategically plan and to develop business strategies aligned with the law. Attorney Bryan strives to advocate for every individual regardless of race, ethnicity, and economic status.
When she is not fighting for the rights of her client, you can find her traveling and visiting friends and family. Her favorite motto is “Be that change you want to see in the world.”
- US District Court Middle District Florida
- Executive Office for Immigration Review
Awards & Recognitions
- Managing Editor for Child and Family Law Journal 2020-2021
- Managing Editor for the Volume XV of the Southern Journal of Policy & Justice 2020-
- Litigation Honors Certificate 2021
- Book Award for Legal Research & Writing I 2018
- Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities Award 2017
- “The Soul of Honors:” Faith, Hope, and Love Award (Honors Program) 2017
- Distinction in Criminal Justice | Distinction in the Honors Program Award 2017
- Mary Mildred Sullivan Award (National Award) 2017
- Criminal Justice Student of the Year Award 2017
Professional & Community Involvement
- Orange County Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Paul C. Perkins Bar Association
- Virgil Hawkins Bar Association
- Seminole County Bar Association
- Pupil of the George C. Young American Inn of Court 2020- 2021
- CFAWL Bar Scholar 2021
- Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association Scholar 2021
- Virgil Hawkins Bar Association Scholar 2020
- Seacoast OCBA Scholar 2020
- Alexandria Bach Lagos Scholar 2019 (MDFAWL)
- Paul C. Perkins Bar Association Scholar 2019
- Certified Tax Preparer, Volunteer Income Tax Program 2019
- Paralegal (Volunteer), Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation 2019-2021
- Cum Laude Honors, Juris Doctor, Barry University, Dwayne O’ Andreas School of Law
- Cum laude, Honors, Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice: Criminalistics, Saint Leo University
Recent Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Co-Author of Law Review Article: Environmental Law as Segregation (Published HLJ May 2021)
- Speaker & Panelist: ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice: Climate Effects on Communities of Color 2021
- Speaker & Panelist: Howard Law Journal (HLJ): Branton Symposium 2020: Climate Gentrification
- Speaker & Panelist: ACJS Conference on Thesis Paper: Causes of Crime and Approaches to Crime Prevention in the First (USA) and Third World (Jamaica) Countries 2017