Matthew Shafran

Matthew Shafran

Matthew Shafran
Main: (561) 500-5000
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Cell: (954) 260-5228

AV Preeminent Rated

AV Preeminent Rated (Martindale-Hubbell) - 2017

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 - 2017

Member of the United States Concealed Carry Association 2017

Member of the United States Concealed Carry Association - 2017

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 2017

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys - 2017

Matthew Shafran is a former prosecutor who handled felony cases in Palm Beach County. He now uses his experience on the other side of the law to defend clients facing a variety of criminal charges and traffic offenses throughout South Florida.

Shafran earned his bachelor's degree in criminology from Florida State University's College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Soon after, he earned his juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center.

As a law student, Shafran was passionate about getting hands-on experience in the legal field. He worked as a teaching and research assistant for his first-year criminal law professor and was able to work on cases for the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals.

Later in his law school career, Shafran was selected as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV, who was presiding over one of several felony criminal trial divisions in Circuit Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit, located in Broward County. There he witnessed numerous jury and non-jury trials, conducted research and worked one-on-one with one of Broward County’s top judges.

Shafran also served as a certified legal intern for the Office of the State Attorney where he gained valuable experience by trying multiple misdemeanors cases in front of a jury. After earning his juris doctor, he began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit.

As a lead County Court prosecutor, he handled thousands of cases, sometimes more than 300 cases at one time. Shafran handled and dealt with hundreds of DUI cases and litigated hundreds of motions to suppress or to dismiss. Additionally, he tried countless DUI jury trials through verdicts involving DUI breath cases, refusals and DUI crashes.

Soon after, he was promoted to Lead Attorney, where he had the responsibility of overseeing and teaching multiple prosecutors, and subsequently served in the Felony Trial Division. There he handled more than 150 felony cases, ranging from third-degree felony offenses to some of the most serious first-degree felony charges.>

Now, as an attorney at Meltzer and Bell, P.A., Matthew Shafran is adamant about helping people who are faced with serious traffic offenses and various traffic violations throughout Palm Beach County and Broward County. He uses his experience as a prosecutor to build solid and strong defenses in his clients' cases.


  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Criminology, 2009
  • Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, Juris Doctorate, 2012

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association

Work Experience

  • The Honorable Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV, Judicial Intern
  • Office of the State Attorney in West Palm Beach, Certified Legal Intern
  • Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in West Palm Beach, Assistant State Attorney, 2012-2014
  • Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A., Attorney, 2014 - 2015
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