Howard Schumacher serves clients across South Florida as an “of counsel” attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. His solid background in both education and work experience make him a formidable opponent in court, and his determined outlook on criminal defense make him a valuable ally for each of his clients.


  • 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
  • State v. Errol Windhom, Leon County, Florida Circuit Court – Principal of
    Second Chance Middle School charged with Lewd assault on a student
  • 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