Melissa Scott, Esq. is a talented Fort Lauderdale-based commercial litigation and workplace discrimination lawyer at USA Employment Lawyers. She has helped hundreds of clients obtain positive results in state and federal employment law matters such as FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) wage and hour compliance, wage retaliation, whistleblower claims, FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) and employment discrimination, including sexual harassment. Melissa has a strong commitment and passion for protecting her clients’ rights, and she utilizes her savvy legal skills when working to achieve outcomes in their best interest.
Born in Plymouth, England, and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Melissa earned her Bachelor’s in English and Art Studio Design at the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated with Honors. While in college, Melissa was not only an accomplished student, but also a decorated athlete, representing the university as a varsity collegiate swimmer for all four years and making the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Honor Roll.
Melissa then attended the University of Miami School of Law with ambitions of living and practicing law, a dream she had since she was a young girl. In addition to studying, during her first year of law school, Melissa volunteered with the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, helping to protect the rights of children. Melissa also clerked at the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, where she received the Major Crimes Division’s first-ever “Law Clerk Award for Truly Exceptional Achievement and Merit.” She worked as a Dean’s Fellow during her second and third years of law school and was elected onto the prestigious Executive Board as Senior Notes and Comments Editor for the Miami Law Review. Melissa appeared on the law school’s Dean’s list several times and went on to graduate Cum Laude.
Melissa was included in the inaugural edition of the 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Labor and Employment Law. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch awards are given to attorneys earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice. According to Best Lawyers®, “As the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, we strive to ensure that a listing in our publication signals not only legal expertise, but, also, ethics and professionalism of the highest caliber.”
When Melissa gets a few moments of leisure time, she enjoys creating art, playing with her cat “Sunny”, reading historical fiction, writing her own short stories, and spending time with family and friends.
- University of Miami School of Law: Juris Doctorate
- University of Notre Dame: Bachelor’s in English and Art Studio Design
Memberships & Associations
- ABA Young Lawyers Division, Labor and Employment Law Committee
- ABA Young Lawyers Division, Women in the Profession Committee
- ABA Labor and Employment Division
- Broward County Bar
- Broward County Federal Bar
- Florida Bar Association
- Miami-Dade County Bar
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- Southern District of Florida Bar Association
- State of Florida
- United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
- United States District Court, Northern District of Florida