After being an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County for 3 and half years, Ari Goldberg joined Meltzer & Bell, P.A. While Ari was at the State Attorney's Office, first he was assigned to the County Court Trial Division, where he served as a lead attorney. Some of his responsibilities were handling hundreds of cases, supervising other ASA's, and making filing decisions on all DUI's assigned to his division.
Afterwards, he served as the County Court appellate lawyer and was the only ASA assigned to handle County to Circuit appeals. The position included mentoring all of the County Court attorneys on strategy, legal issues and working closely with the administration in litigation complex or novel legal issues. Most notably, successfully representing the State in defense of a class challenge to use the Intoxilizer 8000 in criminal cases.
Ari was promoted to the Felony Trial Division before leaving the State Attorney's Office, where he handled hundreds of first and second degree felonies and also tried multiple cases. Altogether, Ari worked cases in Palm Beach, Broward, and Martin County, went to trial over 30 times and wrote nearly 50 appellate briefs.
Ari graduated from Florida International University of Law. He made the Dean's List every semester, was awarded the Hon. Ted Klein Memorial Scholarship for excellence in trial advocacy and earned Book awards for the highest grade in multiple classes. While being a part of this he also was a member of the Trial team and Vice President of the Jewish Law Students Association.
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