In the legal field, it’s crucial to have a skilled and experienced attorney who can vigorously defend your rights. That’s where Steven Kenneth Bell, Esquire comes in. With a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the esteemed University of Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University’s Sheppard Broad Law Center, Mr. Bell brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his practice. Let’s delve deeper into his impressive background and accomplishments.
Education and Early Career
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2001, Mr. Bell wasted no time pursuing his passion for law. He enrolled in law school at Nova Southeastern University’s Sheppard Broad Law Center, where he excelled academically. In 2004, he graduated Magna Cum Laude, a distinction awarded to the top 3 percent of law students. It was during this time that Mr. Bell honed his skills as a defender of the accused, working as a Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. This invaluable experience allowed him to handle both felony and misdemeanor trials before becoming a member of the Florida Bar.
Rising Through the Ranks
Mr. Bell’s dedication and commitment to his craft did not go unnoticed. He was elected to the prestigious Nova Southeastern University Law Review, an honor reserved for a select few elite law students. Even before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Bell made significant contributions to the field of criminal law, earning recognition through published work in this specialized area. Upon graduating from law school, he received the prestigious honor of becoming a member of the Order of Barristers, a distinction bestowed upon a mere nine individuals from his graduating class.
Impressive Achievements as an Assistant Public Defender
Following the conclusion of his legal internship with the Broward Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Bell was offered a position as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County. The decision to hire him was based on his exceptional trial work and the skills he demonstrated during his internship. Notably, Mr. Bell’s outstanding contributions and litigation as a certified legal intern were recognized by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In his role as an Assistant Public Defender, he fearlessly defended hundreds of cases, ranging from simple misdemeanors to complex and severe felony charges.
A Swift Climb Up the Career Ladder
Mr. Bell’s exceptional abilities propelled him through the ranks of the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. Within one year of being hired, he was promoted to Felony Public Defender in the Circuit Court, assuming a lead role in multiple Felony divisions and handling cases involving the most dangerous offenders. Due to his unwavering dedication, extensive knowledge of the law, and outstanding reputation, he was promoted yet again, making history as one of the youngest lawyers ever appointed as Assistant Public Defender in charge of the Juvenile Division.
Private Practice and Beyond
In 2007, Mr. Bell transitioned into private practice, leveraging his vast experience and expertise to defend thousands of individuals accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout Florida. His exceptional legal acumen did not go unnoticed. In 2008, he was entrusted with running the entire legal operation of The Ticket Clinic, a prominent law firm in Palm Beach County. During his tenure as lead attorney, Mr. Bell handled a broad range of criminal cases, from simple traffic matters to felonies carrying life sentences in Florida State Prison. His exceptional trial skills were especially evident in the countless DUI cases he tried as lead counsel.
Extensive Geographic Experience
Mr. Bell’s commitment to his clients extends beyond county lines. While working for The Ticket Clinic, he represented clients in numerous counties, including Broward, Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Duval, Volusia, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Marion, Alachua, Flagler, Escambia, Holmes, Leon, Highlands, and Hendry County. This geographic breadth demonstrates his unwavering dedication to providing legal representation to those in need throughout the entire State of Florida.
A Partnership Based on Respect and Shared Vision
Throughout his career, Mr. Bell has cultivated professional relationships with esteemed colleagues in the legal field. One such connection led to a pivotal partnership. In 2005, he crossed paths with Lawrence Meltzer, an Assistant State Attorney working in the same courtroom. They initially found themselves arguing against each other in court, but their mutual respect grew as they observed each other’s trial skills, reliability, work ethic, and professionalism. It became evident that their shared vision of what a lawyer and a law firm should be aligned perfectly. Thus, the renowned law firm of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was born.
A Commitment to Excellence and Client Satisfaction
At the law firm of Meltzer & Bell, P.A., Mr. Bell and his team are dedicated to providing their clients with the highest quality legal defense. This commitment is evident in the relentless preparation they undertake, ensuring they are the most well-equipped attorneys in the courtroom. The firm also maintains open lines of communication, understanding the importance of being available to clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Navigating the criminal justice system can be daunting, but with the expertise and guidance of Meltzer & Bell, P.A., clients can rest assured that their rights and interests are protected at all times.
A Broad Range of Legal Expertise
While Mr. Bell has established himself as a leading advocate for individuals facing DUI charges, his expertise extends far beyond this realm. He has amassed extensive knowledge and experience in handling violent crimes, drug trafficking offenses, and domestic violence matters. Mr. Bell has successfully defended numerous defendants facing state and federal drug trafficking charges, as well as allegations ranging from assault and battery to homicide. His reputation as a formidable defender precedes him, making him a trusted advocate for individuals facing even the most serious charges.
Accolades and Recognitions
Mr. Bell’s exceptional legal skills have garnered recognition from both legal professionals and esteemed publications. He has been featured on Cop Talk Radio, Seaview Radio, Sirus XM Radio, and various print publications, including the Sun-Sentinel, New York Daily News, and the Palm Beach Post. SuperLawyers has consistently recognized Mr. Bell as a rising star from 2012 to 2014 and as a Super Lawyer from 2015 to 2018. Additionally, he holds an impressive AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction he has maintained since 2013. In 2013, Mr. Bell was selected as a member of the National Advocacy for DUI Defense and received recognition as one of the Top 100 DUI lawyers in his geographic region. His expertise has also garnered attention in high-profile cases, as he provided input on Golfer Tiger Wood’s arrest and charges for driving under the influence.
When it comes to legal representation, Steven Bell is an attorney you can trust. His unwavering dedication, extensive experience, and outstanding achievements set him apart as a highly skilled advocate. Whether you are facing DUI charges, a violent crime allegation, or a drug trafficking offense, Mr. Bell and the exceptional team at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. are here to provide you with the highest level of legal defense. Reach out now for a free consultation and let Mr. Bell stand by your side throughout the legal process.