Yolanda was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. She began her criminal law experience very early as a member of the Criminal Justice Academy at Newberry High School. She went on to graduate from Buchholz High School, while being dual-enrolled at Santa Fe College. Yolanda continued her education at the University of Central Florida, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies.
Soon after, she attended Florida Coastal School of Law and obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. While in law school, she studied abroad at the Université d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, where she studied International Business Law, and Human Rights Protection in Regional and Global Context.
Yolanda’s family has been in Alachua County since the 1800s. Needless to say, she is very passionate about her clients and representation, as most of her clients are citizens from her native community. She is a zealous attorney and a force to be reckoned with. Since the beginning of her legal career, she has been fervently devoted to public service and advocacy. As a criminal trial lawyer, Yolanda has independently represented approximately 1200 clients in misdemeanor and felony cases.
Yolanda’s hobbies include reading, traveling, spending time with family. Additionally, she is a community conscious and action oriented member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Her bubbly personality separates her from the fray. She is known to fight for every client until the end. As a proud Associate at Meldon Law, she won’t back down.
Yolanda is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia.