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Melissa Peat, Esq.

Coastal Legal Team

Areas of Practice:

* Criminal Defense
* Domestic Violence Injunctions
* Family Law
* International Law


Admitted to Practice in:

* State of Florida
* U.S. District Court of Florida (Middle)
* U.S. District Court of Florida (Southern)
* England – Solicitor
* Wales – Solicitor



* Florida State University (J.D., 2001)
* Florida State University (Masters in International Affairs, 2002)
* Stetson University (B.A., Business Administration, 1998)

Professional Activities:

* Florida Bar, 2011-present
* Roll of Solicitors, England and Wales, 2004 to present
* Brevard County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division Professionalism Award – 2012
* Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers, Board of Directors – 2011 to present
* Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court, Alumnus
* Association of Women Solicitors – 2009 to present
* London Criminal Courts Solicitor Association – 2004 to present
* Junior League of South Brevard – 2010 to present – League Attorney
*Florida Civil Law Notary since 2014
*Certified supreme court Family Law Mediator since 2020

Melissa Peat is from Brevard County Florida where she graduated from Melbourne High School. During that time, she lettered in four sports; volleyball, swimming, softball and soccer. Thereafter, she attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where she was a scholar soccer athlete. While at Stetson, she majored in business administration with a minor in German and, at the same time, played varsity soccer, for which she received a most valuable player award, maintained a scholar athlete GPA, studied abroad in Nottingham, England and completed her studies with honors prior to graduation. Also while at Stetson, Melissa met her husband, a national of England, who studied at the Florida Institute of Technology and played soccer for the national winning program.

Melissa thereafter pursued her ambition to Florida State University College of Law where she obtained a Law Degree in 2001 with two academic awards in International Law while completing an internship at the Department of State, specializing in the Free Trade Area of the Americas. She passed the Florida Bar exam in 2001 and then completed an internship with the Florida House of Representatives while undertaking her Master’s degree in International Affairs at Florida State University.

Melissa completed her Master’s degree in England in 2002, qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 at her first attempt and began her practicing legal career in England and Wales where she worked for the prestige British firm of Gilbert, Turner & Coomber in London. Thereafter, Melissa continued her law practice with McLarty’s Solictors where she headed trials in London’s high courts, and even after leaving the UK, she remains a consultant senior Solicitor with the firm. Melissa has twice been invited to lecture on comparative law with the Florida State University campus in London.

In 2010, Melissa came back to her homestead and decided to pursue her goal of assisting the local community in their legal needs. Melissa worked at the State Attorney’s Office in order to hone her trial skills, worked with a local law firm to refine those skills and then happily joined the Coastal Legal Team in order to further her desires to assist those in this community.

Melissa played a key role in the development and growth of Beachside Recovery Interventions + Consulting and has been a close colleague since inception. Melissa and BRIC have had multiple positive outcomes for our mutual clients experiencing mental health and substance use related interaction with the legal system.  She is extremely competent, compassionate, and empathic, and an absolute pit-bull in the court room.  Melissa is our go-to for most of our indigent patients, difficult private criminal cases, and Marchman Acts.  We have worked countless cases together and work fluidly and vigorously to aid our clients in getting the treatment they so desperately need.