Melissa Paniagua was born in New York City and raised in Miami, Florida. In 2015, She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies with a Minor in Philisophy at Florida Gulf Coast University. After college, she moved back home to Miami and went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law where she graduted Cum Laude.
While in law school, Ms. Paniagua was a Moot Court board member, part time law clerk at a family law firm and a judicial intern for the Honorable Daryl Trawick, former Circuit Court Judge in the Family Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade, Florida.
Ms. Paniagua is a current active member of the Young Lawyers Scetion of the Dade County Bar Association as well as the Dominican American Bar Association.