In order to be a leader in white-collar criminal defense, an attorney must bring tenacity to the courtroom, possess a deep understanding of legal details, and have an intricate knowledge of how federal agencies work. Such characteristics have made Jonathan Meltz one of Miami’s most sought-after criminal defense lawyers.
As a senior attorney in Chapman Law Group’s White-Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group, Jonathan specializes in health care fraud and abuse, federal investigations, DEA registration matters (including pharmacy inspection cases involving Form 483), and physician licensing defense. He practices in the Miami region, within the state of Florida, and nationwide.
In his practice, he handles complex matters for doctors, nurses, and licensed health care professionals, often against federal agencies — including the FBI, DEA, Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), DOJ, Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
For nearly 25 years, Jonathan has represented thousands of clients, participated in more than 70 jury trials, obtained a high number of dismissals, and delivered numerous not-guilty verdicts — including for three murder cases — in high-profile, high-pressure litigation.
Jonathan’s legal career traces back to the Public Defender’s Office in Miami, where he represented clients charged with serious felony crimes such as robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, sex offenses and murder. He has been nominated five times by the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, to be interviewed by the Governor’s Office for appointment as a Miami-Dade County court judge.
A Boston native, Jonathan earned his law degree from the City University of New York School of Law, where he served as co-editor of its newspaper. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Political Science from the University of Miami, where he was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society.
As a second-term councilman for the Village of Miami Shores, Jonathan uses his civic expertise for major projects and infrastructure improvements, such as community growth, land use, finances, education, strategic planning, parks, recreation, police, and public safety.
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