Melissa M. Burghardt

Partner

Primary Location: Tampa, FL

Secondary Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Phone: 813.519.1018

Biography

Melissa Mackay Burghardt is a Partner in our Tampa office and is located in St. Petersburg.  Melissa concentrates her practice on first-party property disputes, representing both admitted and surplus lines insurance carriers throughout the state of Florida. However, she also has experience in third-party coverage matters, premises liability, personal injury, and appellate law. Two published appellate opinions include, Spring Lake NC, LLC v. Holloway, 110 So. 3d 916 (Fla. 2d 2013) and Emeritus Corp. v. Pasquariello, 95 So. 3d 1009 (Fla. 2d 2012). Melissa enjoys working closely with clients to obtain favorable outcomes in litigated cases – whether it be through settlement, motion practice, or trial.

Melissa previously served on the Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. Prior to joining Clausen Miller, Melissa was senior counsel at a national insurance defense firm where she represented admitted and surplus lines insurance carriers in first and third-party coverage matters and handled multiple appeals.

Melissa graduated from Samford University with degrees in Journalism and Fine Art. She earned her juris doctorate from Stetson University College of law. She was awarded the Victor O. Wehle Award for Trial Advocacy and the Williams F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, and earned the highest-grade distinction in her Advanced Civil Trial and Advanced Legal Research classes.

Education

  • J.D. Stetson University College of Law, 2010
  • B.A. Samford University, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

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

Memberships

  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers

Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2021 and 2022
  • Chicago

    Illinois 60603

    10 South LaSalle Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60603

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  • New York

    New York 10005

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    New York, New York 10005

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    4650 W. Spencer Street

    Appleton, Wisconsin 54914

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    Connecticut 06902

    68 Southfield Avenue

    2 Stamford Landing Suite 100

    Stamford, Connecticut 06902

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    Florida 33609

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    Suite 600

    Tampa, Florida 33609

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    California 94111

    100 Pine Street

    Suite 1250

    San Francisco, California 94111

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