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  • Partner
  • Notary Public
  • Trade Mark and Patent Agent
  • MCIArb

  • Education:

  • 2016                 University of the West Indies (UWI), Certificate in Family                                                 Mediation
  • 2016                 Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Advanced                                                         Certificate International Arbitration
  • 2003                 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),                                                              General Course on Intellectual Property
  • 2000–2002    Norman Manley Law School, Legal Education Certificate
  • 1997–2000    University of the West Indies (UWI), Bachelor of Laws                                                       (First Class Honours)
  • 1993–1995       Saint Leo University, Bachelor of Arts Degree (Sociology)                                                 (Summa Cum Laude)

  • Experience:

  • 2012–2014     Partner, Musa & Balderamos LLP
  • 2002–2011     Associate, Musa & Balderamos LLP
  • 1997–1998     Executive Director, Young Men’s Christian Association
                                      (YMCA) of Belize
  • 1995–1997     Education Director, Young Men’s Christian Association
                                     (YMCA) of Belize
  • Awards and Accolades:

    Saint Leo University
  • Elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Merit scholar
  • Member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, National Scholastic Honor Society

  • Norman Manley Law School 
  • Arthur Scholefield Memorial Prize
  • Beresford Hay Prize

  • Memberships: 

  • Member, Integrity Commission
  • Member, Board of Governors, St. Catherine Academy
  • Member, Board of Directors, World Pediatric Project
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI)
  • Member, Bar Association of Belize
  • Member, General Legal Council
  • Former Executive Committee Member, Bar Association of Belize
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Belize
  • Former Member, Valuation Appeal Board, Belize City Council
  • Former Member, National Women’s Commission
  • Former Chairperson, Belize Broadcasting Authority
  • Former Member, Integrity Commission
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Centre for Community Resource Development (CCRD)
  • Practice

    Melissa comes from a family of legal minds, the most notable being her father, Lawrence Randolph Balderamos, former Magistrate and Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court.

    Melissa was admitted to practice in Belize in 2002 and, during this time, has amassed considerable experience in corporate and commercial matters, banking law, conveyancing, real property transactions and real estate development, debt collection and estates and succession.  She has also engaged in civil litigation on matters of all types, including contractual disputes, debt collection, real property issues, family matters and contentious estate issues.

    She has been a pioneer in the area of intellectual property in Belize and has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area, with extensive work in registration, protection, and enforcement of clients’ intellectual property rights. She has worked closely with the Customs Department in the seizure and destruction of counterfeit goods and anti-counterfeit efforts and has served as local Counsel for various anti-counterfeiting networks and brand protection service providers.

    While Melissa has argued and litigated cases before all courts in Belize, she is known for her skills and ability to successfully assist parties in resolving disputes of all types.  She is a trained and experienced arbitrator and mediator.  She is well known for her expertise in family matters and matrimonial disputes and has litigated and facilitated out of court settlements of countless family disputes.  She has garnered considerable experience in local and inter-country adoptions under the Hague Convention and applications under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.


    World Justice Project, Rule of Law Index (2015)
    World Justice Project, Rule of Law Index (2016)