4.3.20 UPDATE: We remain open and available for your custody, domestic violence, and all family law needs.
You will still receive immediate access to an attorney and our amazing staff.
Please note that the local courthouse is operational and hearings are still being held. We are here to help!

Attorney Melissa A. Wilson

Meet Your Attorney

Are you considering filing for divorce in Bartow or Lakeland, FL? If so, you are likely dealing with many mixed emotions, not to mention overwhelming concerns. I, Melissa A. Wilson, founder of Advocate Law Firm, P.A., am here to help you get through this major crossroad. My goal is to provide you with the highest quality of legal services, professionalism, and effective representation. Known for being aggressive, I am the kind of lawyer you want on your side, inside and outside of court. Do not face the complexities of the legal system without my supportive assistance and personalized legal solutions.



I realize that dealing with an unresolved legal issue can be a very distressing experience. As such, my mission is to make this less overwhelming for you through my step-by-step guidance. My law firm is comprised of professional staff members who are experienced, professional and dedicated to excellent client care. With their help, we can work together to help you achieve practical, innovative, and effective solutions to all of your legal needs.

Need help with your divorce case?
Call me today at (863) 644-5566 to schedule your
free case evaluation.


With over two decades of experience, I consider representing, protecting, and defending the rights of others to be an honor and tremendous responsibility that I do not take lightly. I never forget that the outcome of any legal issue can have a profound impact on my clients' lives. This is why I work hard to ensure that every available legal resource is used in the representation of each of my clients.

Besides divorce cases, I also handle a wide range of family law cases, including same-sex divorces, legal separations, alimony, child support, child support enforcement, and child custody. I also assist clients with division of marital property, marital settlement agreements, post judgment modifications, and adoptions.

We offer services in English and Spanish.

Personal Injury

Because some of my clients also need my help with non-family law cases, I also extend my services to those who need personal injury representation. No case is too complicated for me to handle. I will ensure that your rights are always protected and work relentlessly towards a positive outcome.

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See Why People Choose
Advocate Law

  • Melissa is a caring and aggressive attorney. She won't tolerate anything that's is unfair to her clients.

    “Excellent Lawyer. Melissa is a caring and aggressive attorney. She won't tolerate anything that's is unfair to her clients. She will go to the mat for you! I was dismayed to see the last reviewers comment. My experience was just the opposite! I have to believe that any bad reviews are more sour grapes than anything else.”


  • Top notch and super aggressive

    “Top notch and super aggressive. Was always there to answer any of my questions and her staff made sure nothing was missed.”

    Gerald Coffey

  • I would highly recommend Melissa Wilson to represent anyone in a complicated family law case especially child custody disputes

    “I hired Ms. Wilson to help me with my case modification of custody and child support. She was extremely professional and worked exceptionally hard on my case. Throughout my case, Ms. Wilson demonstrated an unparalleled knowledge of the law and a fervent ability to communicate with the court. She ardently represented me and I truly felt I had a champion on my side even while facing a scenario most dire. Ms. Wilson worked diligently to settle my case through mediation. Her brilliance shown through in this setting. I had no doubt of a positive outcome. The mediation was an unequivocal success and I couldn't be more delighted with her representation. I would highly recommend Melissa Wilson to represent anyone in a complicated family law case especially child custody disputes.”


  • We couldn't be happier. If I ever need a lawyer again I will call Melissa and her staff.

    “BEST choice! I recently just went through a nasty divorce/family court case. My ex did everything he could to make me look bad. I called Melissa's office on 11/15/2016 and hired her we spoke and went over everything. Melissa and her staff made me feel comfortable. My divorce went from November 2016 and was completed in September 2017 with all the paperwork being signed off by the judge. Melissa and her staff knew their stuff and how to handle my case. Melissa won my case for me. I have my son and we couldn't be happier. If I ever need a lawyer again I will call Melissa and her staff.”


  • Excellent Attorney

    “Definitely a great attorney. I will recommend her highly. She knows exactly what she is doing, her performance is excellent, as well as she is a great person. Ms. Wilson, thank you. Many great blessings to you and your firm.”

    Lilly Guevara

  • Best Attorney Ever

    “After initially talking with another attorney in Atlanta, I found myself at a loss as to what to do. The attorney in question wanted an exorbitant amount of money for taking on my case. I told him that I would need to think about it and I started looking closer to Florida for an attorney, since my case is based there. I came across Mrs. Wilson and though, "What have I got to lose by doing a free consultation call." The answer: nothing and everything to gain. After spending about an hour on the phone with me, I had explained everything about what was going on. Mrs. Wilson was understanding, sympathetic, empathetic, knowledgeable and very straight-forward. She told me in now uncertain terms what I could expect and what not. After hiring her on, I never had to think about my case. She and her staff took care of everything. I never had one doubt in my mind that we would get to where we needed to go. Then when it came time for mediation, I was surprised and how skilled her and her staff were. They were able to get me pretty much everything I wanted and never once did they keep me in the dark as to what was going on with my case. If you are looking for an attorney who will go to bat for you and make sure everything you need is taken care of, look no further than this attorney. Should I ever need anything again, I will go right back to her!!!!”


  • Top Notch Team

    “As some of you reading this know, the thought of acquiring an attorney is difficult at best and terrifying at most. I consider myself very fortunate to have been pointed in the direction of Melissa Wilson, Esq. and her team of professionals to handle my divorce. Melissa, Martha, and Jennifer provided me with excellent support and guidance and were able (for the most part) to calm me at every step of the way. I would recommend this group of professionals to anyone seeking legal guidance.”


  • Ms. Wilson and her firm are fantastic

    “I am 72 and married. My wife and I have a precious 13 year old since she was 3. In the past, we have had to hire 2 attorneys. They were both great. In our situation presently with Ms Wilson, she is above outstanding. Our case has been about our grandaughter's best interest. Ms. Wilson and her firm are fantastic, do not question her fee; it will be worth every penny. Now if she represents your partner....be afraid, very afraid”

    Robert Lovvorn

  • Everything went as planned.

    “Just wanted to say that this Law Firm handled my divorce very professionally. Everything went as planned which doesn't always happen in these types of matters. No complaints!”

    Former Client

  • She's definitely not one to argue with, she covered all bases. I'm so glad I went with her

    “My experience was great, considering that it was a divorce. Ms. Wilson is extremely knowledgeable and always made everything clear for me to understand. I highly recommend her. I've had friends that I have referred to her and were very happy also. She's definitely not one to argue with, she covered all bases. I'm so glad I went with her :)”

    Avvo User

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