Howell W. Melton Jr.

Retired Senior Partner
Howell W. Melton Jr.


Howell W. Melton Jr. is a retired senior partner in Holland & Knight's Orlando office. He practiced primarily in the areas of contract and business torts litigation. He had substantial experience in the representation of clients in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical technology, media, communications and entertainment. Mr. Melton prosecuted and defended actions in state and federal courts in matters dealing with unfair competition, trade secrets, interference with contract or prospective economic advantage, trade libel, enforcement of intellectual property rights, noncompetition covenants, marketing practices, franchising and distributorship agreements and antitrust. He appeared in courtrooms throughout the United States.

At the University of Florida, Mr. Melton was a member of Florida Blue Key (president), Phi Delta Theta (president), Omicron Delta Kappa, Savant, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Delta Phi. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Melton began his law practice with Holland & Knight in Lakeland. He later practiced in the firm’s offices in Tampa, Sarasota and Bradenton before relocating to Orlando in 1989. He spent much of 2000 through 2002 in the firm's Chicago office. Mr. Melton served as the firm's managing partner from April 2003 to April 2008, splitting his time between the firm's New York and Orlando offices. He retired in 2011.


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.
  • Harvard Law School, Executive Education, Leadership in Law Firms Program
  • University of Florida, B.A., with high honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Enterprise Florida, Inc., former member Board of Directors and Vice Chairman
  • Florida Council of 100, former Resident Member
  • Gator Boosters, Inc., former member Board of Directors
  • Florida Council on Military Base and Mission Support, former Member
  • Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, former Chairman
  • Florida TaxWatch, former member Board of Directors
  • Central Florida Technology Partnership, former Chairman
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Trustee Emeritus
  • Managing Partner Forum, former Member U.S. Advisory Committee
  • Pro Bono Institute, former Member, Law Firm Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee
  • National Conference for Community and Justice, Greater Orlando Region, former Member, Executive Committee, Board of Governors
  • Orlando Museum of Art, former Member, Executive Committee, Board of Trustees
  • Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, former Trustee
  • Leadership Orlando Alumni Association, former Board Member and Founder
  • Central Florida Fair, Inc., former Member, Board of Directors
  • Federal Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2005-2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, Business Litigation, 2006-2015
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine
  • Top Managing Partner, Florida Trend magazine
  • Governor's Business Ambassador Medal
  • Best Lawyers, Orlando Magazine
  • American Bar Association Foundation, Fellow
  • The Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Speaking Engagements