Melissa Anne Hayes earned her undergraduate degree in Telecommunications-Production from the University of Florida in 1999 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami in 2005, graduating cum laude. Prior to joining Conroy Simberg, Melissa represented plaintiffs in personal injury claims managing litigation involving premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and wrongful death actions from inception through trial. Previously, Melissa represented claimants in Social Security Disability claims arguing for benefits on their behalf in hearings before Administrative Law Judges as well as handling appeals filed in Federal courts. Melissa has also served as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County where she represented indigent criminal defendants charged in a variety of cases ranging from misdemeanors to first degree felonies. Currently, Melissa focuses her practice on Workers’ Compensation defense in the representation of insurance carriers, servicing agents, and self-insured employers.