MELISSA DAMIAN VISCONTI has Joined DAMIAN & VALORI
Melissa Damian Visconti is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who has appeared in state and federal courts across Florida and around the country. Ms. Visconti is Of Counsel to the Firm and focuses her practice in the areas of state and federal court appeals, complex litigation, and receiverships. Ms. Visconti has extensive experience in state and federal appeals courts, as well as in the areas of products liability, whistleblower and False Claims Act claims, securities, multidistrict litigation, and class action litigation. She is also experienced in criminal law, advising clients who are the subjects of or material witnesses in federal and state investigations.
Ms. Visconti is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A. 1990) and the University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1995), where she was an officer on the Moot Court Board and a recipient of the Order of the Coif. Ms. Visconti served as a law clerk for Judge Ursula Ungaro of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
During her nearly eleven years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Visconti investigated and prosecuted cases involving major crimes, immigration, international arms smuggling, and matters of national security. She conducted numerous jury trials in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and successfully handled cases before the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Visconti earned national recognition for her role in investigating and prosecuting an international ring of arms exporters responsible for exporting components from the United States which were used in improvised explosive devices against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. In recognition of her outstanding performance as a prosecutor, Ms. Visconti received the Attorney General’s Award for matters of national security and was named federal prosecutor of the year by the Miami Dade County Chiefs of Police.
Ms. Visconti is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.