Jonathan Meltz is a senior attorney at Chapman Law Group and has 23 years of experience in criminal defense, civil litigation and general counsel services.
In private practice focusing on white collar crime, he has obtained dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and other favorable results for many doctors, nurses and health care professionals charged with felony crimes and facing license suspensions. He also has extensive experience representing hundreds of clients in drug and fraud cases. He has participated in over 60 jury trials and obtained dozens of not guilty verdicts, including three murder cases.
Jonathan has made extensive media appearances with all South Florida television news programs and The Miami Herald and The Sun Sentinel newspapers. One of his murder trials was also featured nationally on A&E Network’s After the First 48 crime documentary series and televised live on CNN’s Court TV.
Jonathan is well-known for his creativity, his aggressive pre-trial investigation strategies and his ability to connect with jurors in trial by breaking down complex legal theories into a conversation friends would have over a cup of coffee.
Beginning his legal career as a trial lawyer with the Public Defender’s Office in Miami-Dade County, Jonathan handled thousands of cases and participated in over 50 jury trials defending clients charged with murder, DUI, armed robbery, sex crimes, kidnapping, drug trafficking and other serious felonies.
As recognition of his qualifications, professionalism, skill and reputation in the Miami legal community, Jonathan has been nominated five times by the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to be considered and interviewed by the Governor’s Office for appointment as a County Court Judge.
Jonathan is currently serving his second term as a Councilman in the Village of Miami Shores. As a member of the legislative branch and policy-making body of city government, he focuses on major projects and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use to finances, education, strategic planning, parks, recreation, police and public safety. He is on the Police Officers Retirement System Board of Trustees and the Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council.