About the Spread Your Sunshine Team
Melanie S. Griffin, Esq., Founder
Melanie is a triple-graduate of The Florida State University (Business Finance, 2003; MBA, 2006; JD, 2006). Her entrepreneurial skills were honed for thirteen years at a prominent Florida corporate law firm where she served as a law clerk and then attorney from 2006-19, the last five years of which she was an Equity Shareholder and the Managing Partner of the Tampa Office. In 2019, Melanie joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, an Am Law 200 firm that is the largest law firm in Tampa Bay, Of Counsel and Shumaker Advisors Florida as Senior Advisor, Business-to-Business Relationships.
During her legal career, Melanie has served as the 2011-12 President of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (CFAWL), then the largest women lawyers organization in the State that won the Chapter of the Year Award at the end of her presidency. In 2013-14, she served as President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, one of the largest young lawyers divisions in the country with approximately 26,000 members. In 2021-22, she will serve as President of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL).
Melanie has been recognized as Florida’s Most Productive Young Lawyer (2009), Super Lawyers Rising Star (Business Litigation 2010-20), Florida Trend Legal Elite (Up & Comer 2010-14, Commercial Litigation 2014-18), TBBJ BusinessWoman of the Year Legal Services Finalist (2016), FSU Notable Nole (2016), Tampa Bay Metro Inspiring Woman in Business (2016-17), FSU College of Business Recent Alumni Achievement Award (2017), and Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation 2017-19). In 2019, Melanie assisted with the launch of Nora Riva Bergman's book 50 Lessons for Women Lawyers from Women Lawyers at the New York City Bar Association. Her Lesson, Dream Beyond Perfection!, is published as Lesson #20.
Despite the forgoing achievements, like many women, for several years, Melanie struggled with the fear of failure, inability to believe in herself, perfectionism, and additional issues related to what is often referred to as “impostor syndrome.” Thankfully, as a result of significant mentorship and the desire to learn to be her best self, Melanie proactively changed her negative behavior and became determined to help others do the same. In 2017, she created Spread Your Sunshine, her then passion project committed to empowering others with the confidence to break the glass ceiling and achieve their dreams. After two years of experiencing the excitement over and need for the #ShineItForward™ movement, Melanie is dedicated to intentionally focusing on the inspiration of joy in and encouragement of others.
Melanie’s success shining others through the glass ceiling to their most audacious dreams was celebrated through her receipt of the TBBJ BusinessWoman of the Year Angie Joseph Excellence in Mentorship Award (2016), GSWCF Woman of Promise Award (2017), FSU Inspire Award (2017), Florida Bar YLD Outstanding Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award (2018), KNOW Tampa feature (2018), The Best of KNOW feature (2019), and Florida Bar SSFS Mentor of the Year Award (2019). Melanie is happiest when she is building up all those around her, including her husband Mike, son Maverick, and Golden Lab Molly.
Adriana Guerra, Chief Administrator
Adriana is the backbone of Spread Your Sunshine, bringing more than a decade of customer service, sales, and administrative experience and excellence to the Team. Her attention to detail, professionalism, and ability to make everyone around her feel valued, heard and special are unparalleled, earning her rave reviews from Spread Your Sunshine’s customers, partners and vendors and allowing the Team to grow to its brightest potential. Beyond Spread Your Sunshine, Adriana cherishes time with her family, husband Chester, son Santiago, and dog Luna.