Ari Goldberg is a shareholder with Meltzer & Bell, P.A. Prior to joining the firm, Ari was an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County. While at the State Attorney’s Office, he was first assigned to the County Court Trial Division as a Lead Attorney. His responsibilities included supervising other ASAs, handling hundreds of cases, and making filing decisions on DUI-recidivist cases.

Thereafter, Ari worked in the County Court Appellate Division. As the sole ASA assigned to handle County-to-Circuit appeals, Ari wrote all initial, answer, and reply briefs, extraordinary writs, and post-conviction motions. Additionally, the position included mentoring all County Court attorneys on legal issues and strategy, and working closely with the administration in litigating complex or novel legal issues, most notably successfully representing the State in defense of a class challenge (over 150 cases) to use of the Intoxilyzer 8000 in criminal cases. Before leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Ari was promoted to the Felony Trial Division where he handled hundreds of felonies, many of which were first and second-degree offenses. Ari tried multiple felony cases.

Throughout his career, Ari’s represented clients in county court, circuit court, and at administrative hearings. He’s handled cases all over the State, gone to trial over 30 times, and written nearly 50 appellate briefs. His cases have been covered by WPTV, WPEC, CBS News, and The Palm Beach Post. Ari’s also been featured as a commentator on News 7 Boston regarding Robert Kraft’s prostitution charges, and more recently on WPTV regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in Florida. Based out of our Palm Beach Office, Ari handles many of the firm’s complex felony cases, specifically our DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide matters.

Ari is a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. At FIU, he was a member of the Trial Team, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, and Vice President of the Jewish Law Students Association. He made the Dean’s List every semester, and was awarded the Hon. Ted Klein Memorial Scholarship for excellence in trial advocacy, and earned Book Awards for the highest grade in multiple classes. Ari was also elected Class Speaker by the 2012 day-division student body, won the 2012 Trial Advocacy Award, and graduated as Valedictorian.

Since 2013, Ari’s coached FIU’s Trial Team, winning 6 state championships in that time. In 2017, Ari was hired by FIU as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy. Before becoming a lawyer, Ari served as a law clerk for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, and graduated from Monmouth University, summa cum laude, with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Education

  • Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey – Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 2009
  • Florida International University College of Law, Miami, Florida – Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2012

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar

Work Experience

  • New Jersey Office of the Public Defender – Monmouth Trial Region, Freehold, 2008, 2010, and 2011
  • Office of the State Attorney – 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida, 2012-2015
  • Florida International University College of Law – 2013-present

In the News:

Recreational Marijuana in Florida: Insights from Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

Delray Beach Man Represented by Meltzer & Bell’s Ari Goldberg Receives Probation for Fatal Reckless Driving Incident

Ari Goldberg of Meltzer & Bell Retained to Defend Their Client on Accusations of DUI Manslaughter

FIU Law Trial Team Wins Coveted State Championship, Takes Best Advocate Award

A former team captain and current Trial Advocacy Adjunct Professor, Ari served as a coach to the state championship winning team.

Back to Back Championships as FIU Law Wins AAJ Regional