Attorney J. Melanie Slaughter, Founder

Attorney J. Melanie Slaughter represents clients in the practice areas of criminal defense and family law in Florida State Courts, U.S. Federal Courts, and Courts of Appeal. She is knowledgeable and passionate about criminal defense and family law matters. In addition, she is known as a fierce litigator and tenacious advocate for her clients.
Attorney Slaughter graduated from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in 1991, earning a J.D. in law. As an Assistant State Attorney at Florida's Fifth Judicial Court, Attorney Slaughter prosecuted countless defendants in jury trials, ranging from DUI to murder charges. During her time there, she witnessed the need for strong legal counsel to protect the constitutional rights of defendants, many of whom are ill-equipped to navigate the legal system. Subsequently, Attorney Slaughter transitioned to private practice and founded a law firm to offer personal, compassionate, and caring representation to those in need. Having been a State prosecutor, she understands the criminal justice system and is well-versed in both sides of criminal law.
Attorney J. Melanie Slaughter is a Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1998. This achievement distinguishes her from her peers. She is recognized for having exceptional knowledge, legal skills, proficiency, ethics, and professionalism in practicing criminal trial or appellate law. It is the highest level of achievement that is awarded by the Florida Bar.
Those seeking legal counsel from Attorney J. Melanie Slaughter benefit from her insight and extensive experience. She analyzes the facts of every case, devising efficient strategies and practical solutions to achieve the most favorable outcome. Criminal defense and family law are closely intertwined, and Attorney J. Melanie Slaughter successfully represents both, including appeals. Some of her practice areas in family law are divorce, child custody and support, property division, alimony, domestic violence allegations, contempt and enforcement, and post-judgment modifications. In addition, she is adept at handling criminal law defense in a wide range of practice areas for State and Federal misdemeanor and felony crimes.
For high-quality, dependable, and cost-effective representation for your legal challenges, contact Attorney J. Melanie Slaughter. She represents clients in Marion County, Florida, and the surrounding areas.


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • J.D., 1991

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Florida

Court Admissions:

  • State of Florida Fifth Judicial Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida


  • Florida Bar Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1998


  • English
  • Spanish