Steven Kenneth Bell has an impressive background in both education and work experience that attest to his work ethic and determination to succeed. He studied Advertising at the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He then matriculated into law school at Nova Southeastern University’s Sheppard Broad Law Center, where he rigorously applied himself to his studies and graduated magna cum laude.
While pursuing his law degree, Mr. Bell worked as a Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, which allowed him to gain experience handling both misdemeanor and felony cases before even graduating. In 2004, he graduated with his juris doctor in the top 3 percent of his class.
After completing his internship, Steven Bell was hired as an Assistant Public Defender for Broward County. In this capacity he defended hundreds of clients facing challenging times. Within one year of his position, he was promoted to Felony Public Defender in the Circuit Court, being named to the lead Assistant in several of the Felony divisions soon after. He was soon placed in charge of the Juvenile Division, one of the youngest attorneys ever to hold this title.
In 2007, Steven Bell turned to private practice. He joined The Ticket Clinic, A Law Firm, and was placed as the lead attorney for that office in 2008. In this position, he handled thousands of traffic cases, ranging from minor offenses to felony violations, including acting as lead trial counsel through many DUI verdicts. His experience as a Public Defender made him highly effective in defending his clients from allegations of traffic violations. The many cases that he pursued included a wide range of misdemeanors and felonies, running the full spectrum of traffic tickets, from running a red light to vehicular manslaughter.
When handling vehicular manslaughter and DUI manslaughter cases, Mr. Bell has employed the services of independent defense experts ranging from forensic toxicologists to accident reconstructionists. He uses their expert testimony to build the strongest possible defense against these serious charges.
As a partner at Meltzer & Bell, P.A., Steven Bell currently tackles traffic violations throughout Palm Beach and the surrounding areas. He uses his experiences as a traffic attorney and public defender to guide his clients through the confusing process of Florida’s courtrooms with confidence. The nuances of the many possible traffic offenses can mean the difference between a dismissed accusation and years behind bars. With focused experience in the areas of traffic crimes in Florida, Steven Bell knows how to approach any situation and what’s necessary to defend his clients from any type of traffic violation.
Mr. Bell has been recognized by several organizations for his work ethic and dedication to every client. In 2013 he was named in the Top 100 DUI Attorneys by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, as well as being AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In addition, he was listed as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and he was named a Super Lawyer in 2015. He also was named Client’s Choice by Avvo in the DUI category in 2013.
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- University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Advertising, 2001
- Nova Southeastern University’s Sheppard Broad Law Center, Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, 2004
Memberships and Professional Affiliations
- Florida Bar Association
- National Advocacy for DUI Defense
- Federal Bar, Southern District
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2015
- Palm Beach Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Member, Judicial Committee
- Broward County Public Defender, Certified Legal Intern, 2003
- Broward County Public Defender, 2004-2007
- Managing Supervisor of Juvenile Division
- Ruiz, Bell, Clayman, LLC, Partner, 2007-2008
- The Ticket Clinic, A Law Firm, 2008-2013
Awards and Recognitions
- Top 100 DUI Attorneys by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, 2013
- Client’s Choice by Avvo in the DUI category, 2013
- AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Selected as a Super Lawyer, 2015
Lawrence Meltzer uses his range of experience to aid clients facing daunting traffic violations from minor misdemeanors to felonies. His education and career backgrounds attest to his dedication to his field and determination to succeed. After graduating from Nova Southeastern University’s Sheppard Broad Law Center in 1999, he entered into civil law practice before tuning his sights to criminal law.
He was offered the position of Assistant State Attorney with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, where he applied himself to prosecuting a range of offenses, from DUI charges to Driving With a Suspended License. His insider’s view of the prosecution’s tactics makes him a formidable ally for those facing these charges in the Palm Beach area.
In 2003, Lawrence Meltzer was promoted to Felony Prosecutor and was eventually placed in the role of Lead Felony Prosecutor. In this capacity, he pursued over 45 felony trials through a verdict. On leaving this position, he joined The Ticket Clinic, A Law Firm, where he applied his skills in courtrooms to defend thousands of clients facing traffic violations. In this role, he represented thousands of clients in a wide range of traffic cases, from misdemeanor tickets to felony offenses. While at The Ticket Clinic he filed of thousands of Motions related to the defense of his accused clients and lead more than 110 cases through the entire process, up to a jury trial. Come of these cases included results from beath, blood, and urine analysis tests, and Lawrence Meltzer learned how to defend clients from these seemingly insurmountable odds.
After serving for 6 years at the Ticket Clinic, Mr. Meltzer joined Parks & Braxton, P.A., a law firm focused on DUI cases throughout Florida. As an attorney there, he tackled all types of drunk and drugged driving accusations, as well as many traffic offenses that were paired with these charges. Throughout his various roles, Mr. Meltzer has been listed as an attorney in over 20,000 traffic cases throughout Florida. With this extensive experience, he is able to confidently fight any traffic violation charge that a client may face in Florida.
In conjunction with Steven Bell, he founded Meltzer & Bell, P.A. in 2013, and he currently uses his range of experience to guide those facing all types of traffic offenses throughout South Florida. He has been recognized for his dedication to his clients as a Top 100 Attorney by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, as well as receiving an AV Preeminent Rating by Martin Hubbell in both 2013 and 2014. In addition, he has been featured on several television programs, including the NBC Today Show, MSNBC, CNBC “Caught On Camera”, FOX News, and CNN relating to issues dealing with DUI and officer misconduct.
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- The American University in Washington, D.C., Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, 1994
- Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, Juris Doctorate, 1999
- Parks & Braxton, P.A., 2011-2013
- Gold and Hollander, P.A., 2005-2011
- Assistant State Attorney, 2001-2005