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Harold “Hal” G. Melville

Harold G. MelvilleAfter a successful career on the Treasure Coast as an “AV” rated, board certified civil and business trial lawyer, Mr. Melville has decided to slow down a little and enjoy his grandchildren and his passion for diving and fishing. He has become “of counsel” to Vocelle & Berg assisting the firm in the specialized areas in which he practiced for over 30 years including civil trial and business litigation, construction law, land use, zoning, and eminent domain.


Martindale – Hubbell AV rated – Peer Review Rated Preeminent (5.0 out of 5.0)

Board Certifications

Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Business Litigation Lawyer

Practice Areas

  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Zoning
  • Business Litigation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Land Use and Development Law


Lehigh University, B.S., cum laude, 1969

Law School

University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1972


1972, Florida; 1973, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1977, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1978, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1979, U.S. Supreme Court; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


St. Lucie County Bar Association (President, 1992-1993); Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee(Member 1998-2001; Chairman, 2000-2001); The Florida Bar (Member, Board of Governors, 2003-2007); Judicial Nominating Commission, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit (Member 2008 to 2012; Vice-Chairman, 2009-2010; Chairman, 2010-2011)


Mineola, New York, October 17, 1947


Editor, University of Miami Law Review, 1971-1972. Director, 1989-1995 and President, 1992-1993, St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce. Fellow: Justice Major B. Harding American Inns of Court.

Honors and Awards

Pro Bono Service Award for St. Lucie County from Florida Rural Legal Services 2008-2009; 2009-2010

Reported Cases

  • Atlantic Gulf Communities Corp. v. City of Port St. Lucie, 764 So.2d 14 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999) – reversed trial court and held that assessment of stormwater utility fees was invalid for failure to follow statutory requirements.
  • City of Port St. Lucie v. Zlinkoff, 821 So.2d 1130 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002) – upheld trial court order granting full refund to approximate 45,000 member class for invalid stormwater utility fees collected by City of Port St. Lucie.
  • Sherman v. Red Bay Stronghold Foundation, 942 So.2d 1033 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006) – upheld summary judgment granting property tax exemption based upon charitable purpose of conservation.
  • Okeechobee Utility Authority v. Kampgrounds of America, Inc., 882 So. 2d 445 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004) – reversed trial court order and held that utility base facility charge was a user fee and not a special assessment.
  • Indian Harbor Citrus, Inc. v. Poppell, 658 So.2d 605 (Fla. 4th DCA 1995) – vacated jury verdict and judgment for plaintiff and mandated judgment for defendant based upon contract interpretation issues.
  • Jensen Beach Land Co., Inc. v. Citizens for Responsible Growth of the Treasure Coast, Inc., 608 So.2d 509 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982) – Petition for Writ of Certiorari granted quashing trial court order holding DRI development order inconsistent with County comprehensive plan.
  • 99 Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. Crider, 493 So.2d 462 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985) – reversed jury verdict for plaintiff based upon faulty jury instructions.
  • U.S. Life Ins. Co. in the City of New York v. Town and Country Hospital, Inc., 390 So.2d 71 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980) – reversed trial court order granting new trial to plaintiff following jury verdict for defendant which was the lender in a breach of loan commitment case.
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