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Melissa D. Krepps

Melissa D. Krepps
Partner
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Products Liability
    Medical Malpractice
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Intellectual Property


Melissa D. Krepps received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science, with honors, from Bradley University in 1993. Subsequently, Melissa received her Master of Arts Degree in Public Relations from the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and her Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law. While in law school, Melissa served as an Executive Editor for the Syracuse Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Following graduation, Melissa joined the law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., where her litigation practice included the defense of products liability actions on behalf of multiple pharmaceutical and tobacco manufacturers in both individual and class actions. Melissa practiced in both the Kansas City, Missouri office and the Tampa, Florida office. Additionally, Melissa has practiced law in Oklahoma, where she represented national corporations in litigation involving pharmaceuticals, automobiles, asbestos, and power tools. In 2005, Melissa joined Bavol Judge, P.A. where she continued her focus on drug and medical device product liability defense, medical malpractice defense, as well as automotive and general products defense. Melissa also played important roles in significant commercial litigation involving non-compete clauses, trademark infringement, and franchising agreements. Melissa joined The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm in 2011 as a partner.

Melissa is a member of the Florida Bar, the New York Bar and the Missouri Bar. She is also admitted to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma.

Melissa concentrates her practice in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device products liability litigation, medical malpractice, general civil litigation, and intellectual property. Melissa's practice extends to representing clients before both federal and state appellate courts, with particular emphasis on federal appellate practice.

In 2009, Melissa obtained summary judgment in favor of a medical device manufacturer on federal preemption grounds pursuant to the Medical Device Amendments to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Melissa subsequently represented the client in Plaintiffs' appeal of the summary judgment, briefing the company's position and presenting oral argument to the Eleventh Circuit. The Court affirmed summary judgment in March 2011.