Melissa M. Castillo

Melissa M. Castillo

Associate / Tampa

Melissa Castillo focuses her legal practice on the representation of management in matters related to labor and employment law. 

Melissa has represented employers, in state and federal court, on various employment law matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, wage-and-hour violations, and other employment disputes. Melissa also represents employers with respect to administrative charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state fair employment practice agencies.

Melissa also provides preventive and day-to-day counseling aimed at limiting workplace litigation risks by drafting employment handbooks and workplace policies, ensuring compliance with federal and state wage-and-hour laws, and by conducting in-house investigations relating to internal workplace issues.

While in law school, Melissa served as a legal intern for the EEOC, where she analyzed Title VII and ADA questions relating to employment discrimination charges and assisted in the investigation and conciliation of federal discrimination claims, and also served as a judicial intern for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, supporting the day-to-day activities of three federal court judges. Melissa was also a member of the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s nationally recognized Moot Court Team, serving as the Chair of Education and Training (2018-19). Likewise, she was a finalist at the 2019 Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition.

  • Spanish (fluent)