Melinda P. Gamot

In Memoriam 1954 – 2021

Melinda Gamot

Melinda Gamot

In Memoriam 1954 - 2021

At the time of her passing, Melinda was an AV–rated lawyer practicing marital and family law exclusively. Her focus was on high-value cases involving complex marital estates, with a special talent for finding practical and cost–effective solutions and recognized for her skills in drafting marital and prenuptial agreements. Melinda’s experience as a commercial litigator gave her a unique background in a myriad of other legal topics that so often arise in the family arena. She rounded out her practice out as a favorite mediator in cases with difficult issues to resolve.
A diehard Gator, she graduated with high honors from the University of Florida, earning her JD degree with honors and her admittance to the Florida Bar, both in 1978. She was also a member of the Colorado Bar.
Melinda had been Board Certified in Marital and Family law by The Florida Bar since 1992 and was double certified in civil litigation for several years. She was a Fellow with the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), having served on the Board of Managers for the USA chapter. She was also a Fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a past president of the Florida chapter. Her Board Certifications included the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Family Trial Law. She had been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer and considered in the top 5% of the total lawyers in Florida based on peer review, professional achievement, and independent review.
Melinda’s Florida Bar activities were extensive. She chaired and served on The Florida Bar Marital and Family Law Certification Committee for several years and in several leadership roles for the Family Law Section. Melinda was a past co-chair of the section’s Marital & Family Law Review Course Committee and spent several years on the Legislation Committee. She spent two terms on the Executive Council for the Family Law section, chairing a number of committees. Melinda was part of the original Family Law Section’s ad hoc Bounds of Advocacy Committee that compiled guidelines for professional and ethical conduct in the practice of Florida family law, as well as the subsequent committee that revised the original publication to capture not only changes in marital and family law, but in ethics, professionalism, social media, and technology.
Melinda authored several articles and frequently lectured at Florida Bar and AAML sponsored seminars in topics including alimony, litigating children’s issues, child support, unequal distribution of assets, business valuations, preparing complex financial affidavits, and interpreting and understanding complex tax returns. She was a Master with the Family Law Inns of Court since its Palm Beach County chapter’s inception and a guest lecturer at the University of Mississippi.
Melinda was recognized by many of her peers as a lawyer’s lawyer; the one to turn to for guidance and advice. Throughout her career she received a number of professional awards and accolades, most notably, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar’s 2019 Chairman’s Visionary Award, for outstanding service and invaluable contributions to the practice of family law throughout the State of Florida.
Posthumously, Melinda was honored with the Susan Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches’ John L. Phillips Professionalism Award, the University of Florida, Levin College of Law’s Heritage of Leadership, and an Honorarium from the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Aside from her passion for the law, Melinda was devoted to animals of all kinds, particularly horses. When not practicing law, she could be found at the Two Bar G Ranch in Okeechobee, Florida she shared with her beloved husband, Albert, competing throughout the United States in National Cutting Horse Association sponsored events, or traveling to any exotic location she could find.

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