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Meet Gabriela Castillo, ESQ.

Meet Melissa Falconi, ESQ.

Gabriela was born and raised in Miami, FL. Her parents came from Guatemala in the 80’s. Living in South Florida she has been able to experience both cultures growing up and as a result, is also fluent in Spanish.

Gabriela earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Business Administration from Florida International University. She has always been passionate about politics and this drove her interest to attend Law School.

She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University –Shepard Broad Law in May 2014, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in September of 2014.

Throughout Law School Gabriela worked in the area of Personal Injury closely assisting in the negotiations and settlements of complex cases. After graduating Law School, she worked as an associate attorney handling Personal Injury cases for car accidents and slip and falls. In 2016 she decided to open her own firm and became trained in Collaborative Family Law. She also handles non-ligation Probate and Personal Injury cases.


''Law school was a very interesting and life changing experience that taught me to become a stronger individual and to persevere under pressure.''

Melissa was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and moved to South Florida together with her family in the late 90’s.

Although a difficult transition; to begin a new life in a different country, to learn a new language, and to overcome all difficulties that came with the move, that transition also brought her some rewards. To name a few, Melissa became an attorney and also became fluent in English and Spanish, besides her native language Portuguese.

Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University, and decided to attend Law School due to the difficulties she encountered while trying to find a trustworthy Immigration attorney when she first moved to the United States along with her family. She knew that if she became an attorney, she would be that trustworthy professional that people could relate and rely on.

Melissa earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law in May 2014 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in September 2014. While in law school she worked as a legal assistant in a firm that handled Immigration cases, and during her last semester of law school, she interned at the University’s Family Law Clinic handling all types of complex Family Law disputes.

In 2016, Melissa decided to open her own practice to closely assist families going through family disputes. After trying the litigation route for a while, Melissa became trained in Collaborative Law in 2017. Since then, she has been helping families going through family disputes through the Collaborative Process.

Melissa is a board member of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida group.

"Law school was a unique and demanding experience. It showed me what I was capable of accomplishing, and it taught me that there are no limits if you persist in achieving your goals."