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Jonathan Meltz

Senior Attorney

About Me

Jonathan is a Senior Attorney for Chapman Law Group’s Miami Office and represents clients around the country in the areas of health care fraud and abuse, federal investigations, DEA registration matters, criminal fraud defense, and physician licensing defense. He is part of the Firm’s White-Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group.

Experienced in complex and high-profile matters, Jonathan has obtained dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and other favorable results for many doctors, nurses, and health care professionals facing prison and license suspensions. He also has extensive experience representing hundreds of clients in drug and fraud cases. In his 24 years of experience in criminal defense, he has represented thousands of clients, participated in over 70 jury trials, and obtained dozens of not guilty verdicts, including 3 murder cases.

Jonathan defends clients in cases investigated by all Federal Agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Justice (DOJ), Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jonathan has made extensive media appearances with all South Florida television news programs, The Miami Herald, and The Sun Sentinel newspapers. Many of his recent cases have been covered nationally by all major news organizations. One of his murder trials was televised live on CNN’s Court TV and featured on A&E Network’s “After the First 48” crime documentary series. His media experience is an asset when representing clients in high-publicity health care fraud cases.

As recognition of his qualifications, experience, skill, and reputation in the Miami legal community, Jonathan has been nominated 5 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. He is also AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell’s listing of American lawyers.

Jonathan was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Miami-Dade County in 1987. He 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. After college, Jonathan worked in marketing for the IBM Corporation in New York City. He obtained his law degree from the City University of New York School of Law where he was a co-editor of the newspaper. Beginning his legal career as a trial lawyer with the Public Defender’s Office in Miami, Jonathan is experienced in high-pressure litigation and has handled thousands of challenging cases defending clients charged with serious felony crimes such as robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, sex offenses, and murder.

Jonathan has always been dedicated to giving back to his community. He 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 including community growth, land use, finances, education, strategic planning, parks, recreation, police, and public safety. He is especially focused on the environment, sustainability, and green projects.

Beyond his work for Chapman Law Group and serving on the City Council, Jonathan spends every minute possible with his wife Evelin; his daughters Zoe, Cassidy and Maddie; his dog Pixie; playing hockey; and doing everything possible to help the Patriots and Red Sox win championships.

Jonathan is one of our strongest Miami health care fraud attorneys and a great leader in our ranks in defending health care professionals. It is a great pleasure having him as an asset on our team.

Steven Santacruz
Steven Santacruz
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Great lawyer.. he’s handled several cases for me and my family very successfully.. highly recommended !
Imari Antoinette
Imari Antoinette
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Quick. Knowledgeable. Great firm to work with!
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Health Care Fraud Defense/Criminal Defense
The Chapman Law Group White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practice group defends health professionals and health care entities facing criminal indictment or investigation where criminal sanctions are a concern.
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Health Care License Defense
The license defense attorneys at Chapman Law Group represent hundreds of nurses, doctors and other licensed health professionals every year before the Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, administrative courts and state licensing divisions in Michigan and Florida.
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Legal Qualifications

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Federal Courts in Florida: U.S. District Courts for Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida

Legal Education

  • City University of New York School of Law, Juris Doctor in Law
  • University of Miami, Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Political Science

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Eleventh Circuit Private Court Appointed Counsel Screening Committee
  • Florida Bar Lawyers Advising Lawyers Mentoring Panel Member (Formerly SCOPE)
  • Florida Bar Speakers Bureau
  • Ensuring Equal Justice Domestic Violence Pro Bono Program
  • Dade County Bar Association Criminal Courts Committee
  • Dade County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
  • University of Miami School of Law Career Development Office Law Clerk Employer
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Prior Florida Bar Committees: Media Law, Consumer Protection Law and Traffic Rules
  • Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • Miami Shores Village Recreation Department Advisory Board, Past Chairman

Pro Bono Participation

  • The SEED School of Miami
  • Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.
  • The CHARLEE Program

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