Meltzer and Bell, PA remains committed to the people of South Florida during this very difficult time. Please know that we are open and will remain so 24 hours a day, seven days a week to those in our community who need our help.

Howard Schumacher

Howard Schumacher serves as "of counsel" for Meltzer & Bell, P.A., using his more than 25 years of experience to aid clients facing a range of traffic violations across South Florida. His career and education both attest to his dedication and hard work, as well as his thorough knowledge of Florida's criminal justice systems.


  • University of Miami, Bachelor of Science (Double Major) in Geology/English, 1985
  • Creighton University School of Law, Juris Doctorate

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Broward County Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association

Personal Experience

  • Present, Meltzer and Bell, P.A., Of Counsel
  • 1990-Present, Law Offices of Howard J. Schumacher, P.A.
  • 1988-1990, Law Offices of Allen S. Kaufman, P.A.
  • 1986-1988, Schrempp, Gross & Salerno, P.C.

Teaching Advisory Positions/Certifications

  • Teen Court Judge Emeritus Broward County, Florida 2002-present

Merit Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
    (Pre-eminent rating by Independent Company responsible for evaluation of lawyers attaining the highest level of legal ability and ethics) after evaluation by their peers
  • Who’s Who of South Florida Lawyers

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the State of Florida
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court- District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals – 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Cross-Examination Exemplars

Official Court transcripts available upon request demonstrating cross examination skills against Government’s cooperating witnesses, Federal and State Law Enforcement, expert witnesses.

Litigation Exemplars

Pre-trial motions, including motions to suppress evidence/ statements that have previously been granted and their corresponding orders excluding evidence are available upon request.


  • Born October 31, 1962 in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Married 24 Years, 3 Children.

Notable Cases

  • United States v. Evintz Brillant, Federal Court (Southern District of Florida) – Head of Haitian National Police Drug Task Force—Indicted on Conspiracy to Import Cocaine (Acquittal)
  • United States v. Tyrone Cross, Federal Court (Southern District of Florida) - Indicted as one of a “crew” of organized armed bank robbers victimizing multiple bank branch locations in Florida (Acquittal)
  • United States v. Wilfredo Vazquez, Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida – Ex – U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Officer indicted for sexual assault on detainee
  • United States v. Belkis Camara-Marquez, Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida – Former Cuban Physician acquitted of Bribery in Furtherance of Medicare Fraud (Acquittal)
  • United States of America v. Glendell Edison, Federal Court (Middle District of Florida) – Collier County Sheriff Sergeant indicted for racketeering, extortion, trafficking and money laundering
  • United States v. Torres, Federal Court (Southern District of Florida) – Murder for Hire arising from Cocaine Conspiracy (Acquittal)
  • United States v. Ionni Kaluris, Federal Court (Southern District of Florida) – conspiracy to Import Cocaine by running a Yacht Basin for the production of motor yachts used to smuggle 1000 + kg of cocaine (Acquittal)
  • United States v. David Ogg, Federal Court (Southern District of Florida) – Indicted on Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine (Acquittal)
  • State v. Clayton Lawrence, Broward County, Florida Circuit Court – Armed Home invasion case with two cooperating co-defendants/witnesses (Acquittal)
  • State v. Donald Schleig, Okaloosa County, Florida Circuit Court – Air Force E5 Officer charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault on an Incapacitated Person (Acquittal)
  • State v. Errol Windhom, Leon County, Florida Circuit Court – Principal of Second Chance Middle School charged with Lewd assault on a student (Acquittal)
  • State v. Douglas Sayan, Broward County, Florida Circuit Court- Obtained Governor’s Pardon releasing Defendant convicted of 1st Degree Murder following 13 years imprisonment, after being falsely accused and convicted
  • United States v. Jorge Aleman, Federal Court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Obtained reversal on appeal for a life sentence given to alien smuggler where death of a passenger resulted – case remanded for re-sentencing (10 year sentence)
  • United States v. Wolfgang Von Schlieffen, Federal Court Southern District of Florida – Overturned conviction of Defendant and recouped approximately $300,000.00 of legal fees under Hyde Amendment for False Prosecution
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Client Testimonials for Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
Client Testimonials
  • ...A long weekend vacation in Palm Beach resulted in the potential for serious consequences that could have set me back in unimaginative ways. M+B was a truly incredible legal advocate and was always accessible within minutes to answer questions and discuss the progress of the case within the system - truly remarkable. I could not have retained better legal representation in my case in Palm Beach County.

  • I just had to commend you on the outstanding job you did on behalf of your client in court yesterday. If my clients were ever to ask me if I know of a good DUI defense attorney, I know to whom I can refer them!

  • I was facing hard prison time and punishment. [Larry] did everything to pull strings and get me into rehab. After meeting with many therapists I finally got one to diagnose me successfully with Bipolar. Thanks to Larry I have been sober since 6/19/09. My health is great and my family life is amazing. It's because he saw something in me and my family that I wasn't just an alcoholic there was something that told me it was something else.

  • I was charged with a felony and facing the scary thought of losing my job, but thank you Attorney Steven Bell for helping me. Now I’m able to keep my job and take care of my family. I am truly amazed by your service, and you for understanding what I have to deal with. To me I’m very impressed by way you handled my case and was here to listen and make things OK!

  • Mr. Steven Bell, Words cant explain how thankful I am for you and your firm. I was facing felony charges and even looking at doing 5 years in jail! Not only did you fight for me, you got my case dismissed and dropped. For that, I don't have words to say “thank you” you were always kind and believed in me. You looked for every opportunity and you won! Thank you for being my guardian angel in disguise and steering me in the right direction. You are forever my “too go guy” thank you soooo much!

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