Melissa A. Loesch

Melissa A. Loesch has been working as defense counsel with Mr. Futerman’s office for fifteen years.  She has been a member in good standing with the Florida Bar since 2004.  She appears in court at the trial court level as defense counsel on a daily basis; however, she specializes in research and writing and has written hundreds of motions and numerous appellate briefs to the Second District Court of Appeal.  She handles all Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles matters for the firm and has handled thousands of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles hearings and related issues.  She has co-counseled with Mr. Futerman as defense counsel on several jury trials, all to a successful conclusion. 

She is licensed in both State and Federal court, and along with Mr. Futerman has handled thousands of criminal cases.  Prior to joining Mr. Futerman’s firm, she was an attorney for the Office of Court Counsel for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.  She assisted the felony judges with research and writing and evaluated cases for those judges.  She has continued her relationship with the Pinellas County Judiciary and enjoys a fine reputation within the legal community.

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  • University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts in  Criminology, University Honors Program
    Dean’s List
  • Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Officer in the Health Care Law Association
  • Attended seminars hosted by the Second District Court of Appeal on Appellate Advocacy, attended the Blood, Breath, and Tears DUI Seminar
  • Attended the Commission on Capital Cases Advanced Capital Cases Seminar


icon of a TV Work Experience:

  • State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County – Prosecution Clinic
  • Barbas, Koenig, Nunez, Sanders & Butler
  • Office of Court Counsel in Pinellas County
  • Law Offices of Roger D. Futerman & Associates
  • Drafted orders for Felony Judges in Pinellas County on various issues including Motions to Suppress and Williams’ Rule, Death Penalty, Rule 3.850 and Rule 3.800(a) Post-Conviction Motions
  • Post-Conviction Motions including Rule 3.850 and Rule 3.800(a)
    Direct Appeals to the District Courts of Appeal

icon of a TV Memberships:

  • Florida Bar Member in good standing since 2004
  • Licensed in good standing in all Florida State Courts
  • Licensed in good standing in Federal Court in the Middle District of Florida
  • Clearwater Bar Association Member from 2008-2012
  • Clearwater Bar Association YLD Board of Directors 2009-2011
  • Juvenile Drug Court Hearing Officer 2010-2011

She is a valued member of  the team that will support you when you need criminal defense in Tampa or Clearwater.