Melissa Ortiz began working with Terence Lenamon as a legal intern, while attending the University of Miami School Of Law. She joined the firm as an associate attorney in September 2010, and entered into partnership with Terence Lenamon in April 2018.

Her passion for helping those who find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system began early on, with Melissa achieving an undergraduate degree in Criminology from the University of Miami.

Deciding to pursue a legal career, Melissa entered the program offered by the School of Law at the University of Miami, a long-standing institution for higher education (the University was founded in 1925), with its graduate school being consistently recognized as one of the Best Law Schools in the United States.

While studying law, Melissa accepted a position to facilitate, support, guide, and teach Torts to first-year law school students through the Miami Law Academic Achievement program as a Dean’s Fellow. She was in the top 7% of her first-year law school class and graded-on to the University of Miami Law Review.  Melissa graduated from law school with scholastic honors (cum laude) in May 2010.

Never deviating from her passion in helping the criminally accused, Melissa’s areas of practice remain focused upon criminal defense, specifically criminal trial and mitigation.

A native Miamian, Melissa is fluent in Spanish and an active member of her beloved Miami community.

"[I]n recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” -- Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238, 371, 92 S.Ct. 2726 (1972)(Marshall, J. concurring).

Bar Admissions and Court Admissions

  • Florida State Bar, 2010
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Recognition and Service

  • Dean’s Fellow, University of Miami School of Law
  • Dean’s Scholarship


  • University of Miami School of Law (cum laude), 2010
  • University of Miami (B.A., Criminology)