Attorney Matthew Shafran
Matthew Shafran is a former felony prosecutor for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County. He began his legal career while still in law school as an intern, and soon after graduation he earned a spot among some of the most skilled attorneys in the State Attorney's Office in the Felony Trial Division. There he handled a plethora of cases, ranging from third-degree felony offenses to some of the most severe first-degree felony charges.
Shafran earned his bachelor's degree in criminology from Florida State University's College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. After graduation he attended Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center where he earned his juris doctor in 2012. He began his hands-on legal experience while in law school, serving as an intern at various institutes.
Working as a teaching and research assistant for his first-year criminal law professor allowed him to lead weekly workshops and tutoring sessions for law students who needed assistance. He also handled cases for the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals.
Outside of the classroom, Shafran was adamant about learning more. He was selected as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV. Lynch, who at the time was presiding over one of several felony criminal trial divisions in Circuit Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit, located in Broward County. Shafran witnessed numerous jury and non-jury trials and conducted research.
Shafran also served as a certified legal intern for the Office of the State Attorney in West Palm Beach. There he gained valuable experience by trying multiple misdemeanor cases in front of a jury. This experience proved beneficial and essentially kick started his career. After earning his juris doctor, he was offered a position as an Assistant State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit.
As a County Court prosecutor, he handled thousands of cases, sometimes more than 300 cases at one time. He was promoted to Lead Attorney, where he had the responsibility of overseeing and teaching multiple prosecutors, before he served in the Felony Trial Division where he handled more than 150 felony cases. Shafran also has tried 40 misdemeanor and felony cases in front of a jury.
Now, as an attorney at Meltzer and Bell, P.A., Matthew Shafran uses his experience on both sides of the legal system to help those facing criminal accusations protect their futures. He understands how overwhelming criminal charges can be, and he is committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of those accused of a crime throughout Palm Beach County and Broward County.
- 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
- 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
From left to right: Ari Goldberg, Lawrence Meltzer, Steven Bell, Kristie Cohen, Matthew Shafran
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 557-8686
330 Clemantis St Suite 113
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 500-5000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 745-7457