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Paul Bernard

Paul Bernard
 
Paul Bernard
Main Office: (561) 557-8686

Attorney Paul Bernard is committed to serving his clients by treating them with dignity and respect, by humanizing them to the court and to opposing counsel, and by expeditiously and aggressively assisting them by protecting their legal, civil, and human rights through what is sometimes a daunting and complex legal system.

Paul Bernard was born in New Jersey and raised in Pennsylvania. Eventually, Mr. Bernard and his family moved to Florida, where he attended Fort Pierce Central High School. He went on to attend Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was a four-year member of the Men’s Basketball team. Upon graduating from Methodist University, Mr. Bernard received a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies with a concentration in Forensic Science. Upon graduating from Methodist University, Mr. Bernard matriculated into Florida Coastal School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor. While in law school, Mr. Bernard honed his trial skills in a trial advocacy class taught by a well-known prosecutor in Duval County.

Paul began his career at the Public Defender Office for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in Fort Pierce, Florida. During Mr. Bernard’s tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, he worked in the Juvenile division, misdemeanor division, and then the felony division, representing those accused of all degrees of crimes, including drugs, battery, gun crimes, and grand theft. This broad spectrum allowed Mr. Bernard to gain great knowledge of the vast criminal law arena. Mr. Bernard had the opportunity to try dozens of cases as lead counsel and obtain favorable jury verdicts.

Mr. Bernard continued his career in the area of personal injury law. Initially, he worked as a defense attorney representing insurers, insureds, and corporations. As a result, Mr. Bernard gained valuable insight regarding how personal injury cases were evaluated. He utilized this experience to later represent plaintiffs in maximizing their recovery for injuries sustained, whether in auto and motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, or premises liability matters. Collectively, Mr. Bernard’s practice in criminal law and personal injury has made him a zealous advocate who can offer a wide array of legal solutions for his clients.

Mr. Bernard is admitted to practice law in all courts throughout the State of Florida. He is also federally barred with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is a member of the St. Lucie County Bar Association and serves as Chair for the Diversity Committee for the Martin County Bar Association. Mr. Bernard is also fluent in Haitian Creole and frequently speaks on local panels to educate the community about various legal topics.  Mr. Bernard handles criminal matters for Meltzer & Bell, P.A. from Palm Beach County through the treasure coast in matters relating to simple misdemeanors to serious life felonies.

Mr. Bernard is also lead counsel for all personal injury matters with Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

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  • ...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.

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    A.A.
  • 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.

    A.P.
  • 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!

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  • 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!

    A.L.
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