About Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

Being arrested in the State of Florida is one of the most difficult, humbling, humiliating and awful experiences you will ever endure. You will be treated as though you are nameless and faceless. Your dignity is ripped from you by law enforcement and the government. Your freedom is taken away. You are called suspect, defendant, perpetrator, and, worst of all criminal.

We know you might be feeling lost, confused, scared. You might be exposed to life altering consequences ranging from losing your career to serving time in Florida jails or even in the Florida State Prison system… and that is only after one night.

Questions begin to run through your mind: What happens next? What am I going to do? Do I need a lawyer? Who can represent me and help me?

You absolutely need a lawyer, otherwise you may be defeated before your case even begins and you may not even know it. You need aggressive attorneys who are prepared to go to trial and fight for you and who will not always think: What is the best plea deal I can get for this client?  

You need a firm comprised of former government lawyers who are familiar with the government’s strategies; can overcome them and use those strategies against the prosecution. Our goal as an innovative criminal defense firm is to treat you with compassion; the utmost professionalism and one that will always strive to give you the hard hitting defense that you deserve.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is a Palm Beach County criminal defense firm founded by former felony special unit prosecutor, Lawrence Michael Meltzer, Esquire and former major crimes Public Defender, Steven Kenneth Bell, Esquire. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. handles ALL State and Federal criminal matters in Palm Beach County and throughout the State of Florida.

Mr. Meltzer and Mr. Bell have decades of combined experience in DUI and criminal trial work and, collectively, have taken over 200 cases to jury trial through verdict.


Lawrence Meltzer is a former prosecutor who now defends those accused of crimes in Palm Beach County and the surrounding area. He earned his bachelors degree from American University and his juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center. Lawrence Meltzer spent four years in the Broward County State Attorney's Office before moving into private criminal defense practice.

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Steven Bell has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of those facing criminal allegations in South Florida. He received a bachelors degree from the University of Florida and his juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center. He was a public defender in Broward County, where he worked in the felony division before leading the juvenile division. He also spent several years in private practice before founding Meltzer & Bell, P.A. with Lawrence Meltzer.

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Matthew Shafran joins the Meltzer & Bell, P.A. team as a defense attorney, bringing valuable insight into the local justice system that he gained while serving as a prosecutor in Palm Beach County. Matthew honed his prosecutorial skill after being promoted to the Felony Trial Division at the State Attorney's office where he handled over 150 felony cases, which included third degree felony offenses to some of the most serious first degree felony charges.

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Ari Goldberg joins Meltzer & Bell, P.A. after having been an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County for approximately three and a half years.  While at the State Attorney’s Office, he was first assigned to the County Court Trial Division where he served as a Lead Attorney.  His responsibilities included supervising other ASAs, handling hundreds of cases, and making filing decisions on all DUIs assigned to his division. 

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Howard J. Schumacher serves Of Counsel at Meltzer & Bell, P.A., where is defends people in South Florida against criminal charges. He has practiced in Florida for more than 25 years. His work has included extensive practice in federal appeals, especially the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Florida.

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Phil Glenn joined Meltzer & Bell, P.A., in 2017. Mr. Glenn was born and raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Following his graduation from high school, Mr. Glenn attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2007.

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Meltzer & Bell, P.A.is prepared to treat you as its most important client and our goal is to live up to highest ethical standards in the industry. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is a client driven law firm and believes in personal representation

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. believes that your life comes before all else and we will strive to always provide you with an aggressive and unmatched defense unique to the circumstances of your case. The firm believes in litigation and trial advocacy and leaving no stone unturned when it comes to defending you.

Once you hire Meltzer & Bell, P.A., you will have unique 24/7 access to the firm’s partners. Unlike many firms, we are available at night, on weekends, and even on holidays as criminal charges and arrests can occur at any time and you cannot be without a ready legal defense. You will be provided with direct e-mail and cell phone access to each of the firm’s founding partners and you will have the opportunity to have real time communication concerning your case through the firm’s state of the art case management system.

No matter the time of day, Meltzer & Bell, P.A., is ready to tackle your case with your future always in mind, day or night, no matter how simple or complex. Hiring Meltzer & Bell, P.A. also provides you unique access to a bank of thousands of legal pleadings, documents, and motions that have been used in the dismissal and reduction of hundreds of criminal charges on our clients’ behalf throughout the State of Florida and will have the opportunity to secure state of the art evidentiary presentation options in the defense of your case. You will have access to a roster of distinguished investigators and expert witnesses.

If you have been accused of a crime, call and speak to a partner at our Palm Beach County criminal defense firm immediately. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is your first line of defense!

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