Admitted to practice law in the state of Florida, Gian-Franco Melendez is a Tampa Bay area native with a passion for serving his community and those who live and work there. After graduating from Tampa Jesuit High School, Mr. Melendez received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Knowing he wanted to service the Tampa Bay community, Mr Melendez then attended Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.
While attending law school Gian-Franco Melendez served as the Vice-President of the Stetson Hispanic Bar Association. He was also a legal intern in the immigration unit at Gulfcoast Legal Services, worked as a law clerk for Ron R. Wolfe and Associates and dealt with foreclosure and bankruptcy matters, and assisted military veterans in receiving their disability benefits as a part of Stetson’s Veterans’ Advocacy Clinic. Mr. Melendez also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Virginia Hernandez Covington, a United States federal judge.
After graduating from law school, Gian-Franco Melendez practiced in workers’ compensation and employment defense, until he decided to dedicate his legal career to helping those who need it the most, in particular the immigrant community. Thereafter, Mr. Melendez opened his own law practice in Historic Hyde Park and has utilized his prior experiences to obtain successful outcomes for his clients. Gian-Franco Melendez is completely fluent in Spanish. He serves as the Co-Chair for the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Solo Practitioner & Small Firm Section, and as the Treasurer for the Pinellas Latin Bar Association. He is a proud member of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, St. Petersburg Bar Association, and the Tampa Jesuit Bar Association.
Possessing a range of experience in various areas of the law, Gian-Franco Melendez has learned how to identify and implement the most effective strategies to best serve his clients, no matter what their particular concerns may be. Mr. Melendez’s client-centered philosophy ensures that his clients’ best interest is always his primary concern.
As a Hispanic-American attorney, Gian-Franco Melendez understands the importance of keeping the American dream alive. The law can be very confusing, especially for those who are new to this country or have limited English-speaking skills. It is our goal at the Law Office of Gian-Franco Melendez, LLC to not only help our clients understand their rights, but to also passionately provide the representation necessary in every matter they require assistance.