Melba Pearson, known as “The Resident Legal Diva”, is an attorney specializing in civil rights and criminal law, with an emphasis on policy. Before launching her consulting firm MVP Law, she spent three years as the Deputy Director of the ACLU of Florida where she worked to change police practices, expand voting rights and reform the criminal justice system. Previously, Ms. Pearson was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County for 16 years, culminating as Assistant Chief in the Career Criminal/Robbery Unity supervising junior attorneys while prosecuting homicides.
Ms. Pearson is a frequent guest lecturer on a wide array of legal issues. A prolific writer and blogger, she has published numerous popular and scholarly articles on topics including police encounters, domestic violence, crimes against women, criminal trial procedure, along with everyday legal concerns. Publications that have profiled, featured or quoted her include The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Essence Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Miami Herald, and The Root, Ebony Magazine. Ms. Pearson is a regular guest on the Local 10 Sunday morning political television show "This Week in South Florida." She has also been a guest on national media regarding legal trends. Lastly, she writes her own blog covering real life and the law at The Resident Legal Diva.
Ms. Pearson is the Immediate Past President of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association in South Florida; Co-Chair of the Prosecution Function Committee of the American Bar Association; and Past President of the National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA), now serving as the NBPA Foundation President. She lives in Miami Beach, Florida with her husband Bill.