Melissa A. Tartaglia is an expert in Florida adoption law; and has been a licensed attorney in Florida since 1997. Her practice focuses on legal matters involving children, such as: adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, paternity, temporary custody, surrogacy and appeals in those areas. In addition to representing parents, adoptive parents, and relatives, Attorney Tartaglia has lectured extensively on adoption and surrogacy in the Tampa Bay area. Her practice extends to Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando.
Melissa Tartaglia grew up in southern California and moved to Florida in 1986. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Eckerd College and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law, both in St. Petersburg, Florida.
While in law school, Melissa’s career goal was to prosecute child abusers. Less than two years after being sworn in, she was hired by the Florida Department of Children and Family Services in Pasco County, Florida, to shelter children from parents who had abused, neglected or abandoned them, and to terminate the rights of parents who could not or would not be rehabilitated.
In 2001, she opened her private practice and since then has focused on adoption, termination of parental rights, dependency, paternity, surrogacy and appeals.
Melissa has three children who are now adults, and six grandchildren. Her hobbies include painting, and playing with her grandkids and dogs. She and her spouse enjoy hiking and playing Scrabble.
Florida Bar Association Creed of Professionalism
I revere the law, the judicial system, and the legal profession and will at all times in my professional and private lives uphold the dignity and esteem of each.
I will further my profession’s devotion to public service and to the public good.
I will strictly adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of my professionâ€™s code of ethics, to the extent that the law permits and will at all times be guided by a fundamental sense of honor, integrity, and fair play.
I will not knowingly misstate, distort, or improperly exaggerate any fact or opinion and will not improperly permit my silence or inaction to mislead anyone.
I will conduct myself to assure the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action and resolution of every controversy.
I will abstain from all rude, disruptive, disrespectful, and abusive behavior and will at all times act with dignity, decency, and courtesy.
I will respect the time and commitments of others.
I will be diligent and punctual in communicating with others and in fulfilling commitments.
I will exercise independent judgment and will not be governed by a client’s ill will or deceit.
My word is my bond.
“A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice – especially when she’s taking a nap.” – Author Unknown