After graduating from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1989, Melissa practiced at the law firm of Risley and Associates in Costa Mesa, California, representing the business, real estate, estate planning, and probate interests of high net worth clients in the Southern California area. Melissa took that practice into the law firm Melissa S. Kauttu, Attorney at Law, in Santa Ana, California, and maintained her practice in SoCal until 2001, before relocating to her family’s hometown of St. Augustine, Florida.
Melissa went on to become an Assistant State Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit in St. Johns County prosecuting all levels of crimes, serving as a Drug Court prosecutor, before leaving the State in 2009. Melissa also served as Regional Conflict Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Regional Civil Counsel from 2009-2011 and the Judicial Administration Commission for all level of felony offenses as so appointed by the Circuit Court from 2011-2016.
On January 1, 2014, she opened and founded The Law Station, a dba of Melissa Sarris Kauttu, P.A., expanding her network of service to the North Florida community in general practice areas including Family Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Business, Estate Planning and Probate, and Injunctions.
Melissa is certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate family law disputes between parties prior to the filing of an action, at any time during the action prior to trial or as appointed by the Circuit Court.
She is currently an active member of the Florida Bar, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, St. Johns County Bar Association, Putnam County Bar Association, Florida Women’s Lawyer’s Association, and is certified to practice in the United States District Court and Middle District of Florida.
Debbie brings more than 35 years of experience to the Law Station as a first class legal assistant. She began her career in the legal field working as a floating Judicial Assistant to many county and Circuit Court judges in Duval County. Since leaving the courthouse she has worked for attorneys in the private sector, and although Debbie has experience in criminal, personal injury, workers compensation, employment litigation, civil litigation and probate, she has spent the majority of her career specializing in family law.