Florida Misdemeanor Attorneys
Michelle Merson, Esq. graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Law in 1992. Working side-by-side with a prominent criminal defense attorney for the past fifteen years, she has been involved with virtually every type of criminal defense case. While Michelle has a broad base of experience that encompasses all aspects of criminal law, she has chosen to focus her practice on only misdemeanors. Why? “My experience has shown me that misdemeanor cases are routinely not given the priority they deserve,” Michelle explains. “I feel a need to provide these often forgotten clients with a high level of personal service and attention.”
Because she realizes that a person charged with a misdemeanor is just as scared as a person charged with a felony, Michelle treats each misdemeanor case with the utmost importance.
“I am committed to taking great care of each of my clients,” Michelle says. “I grew up in the South where compassion, respect and listening to others is second nature. I bring those values to bear on my relationships with my clients.”
Though the majority of her cases are in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade, she has also effectively represented clients in other Florida counties with favorable resolutions.
Because of Michelle’s commitment and values, she is now a board member of Florida Association of Women Lawyers South Palm Beach County Chapter and owns www.theexpungementclinic.com and www.ticketmom.com to help clients keep a clean record.
Past and Present Memberships and Awards
- The Florida Bar, since 1993
- Admitted to practice in United States District Court Southern District of Florida, since 2015
- South Palm Beach County Bar Association
- The Florida Association of Women Lawyers
- The Florida Lawyers Network
- Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options
- Leading Education about the Holocaust
- The American Cancer Society
- Boy Scouts Club of America
- The Anti-Defamation League
David Tarras joined the Misdemeanor Clinic after working as an Assistant Public Defender in Palm Beach County, Florida where he tried over 40 jury trials. His experience as a Public Defender gives him a unique understanding of the inner-workings of the criminal justice system, allowing him to use every legal advantage available to ensure a successful resolution for each and every client.
Throughout his time at the Public Defender’s Office and at the Misdemeanor Clinic, Mr. Tarras has passionately advocated for his clients and gained extensive experience handling cases of all kind including but not limited to white collar crime, sex crimes, domestic battery, drug trafficking, animal cruelty, armed robbery, and DUI. Mr. Tarras has litigated various complex motions resulting in favorable dispositions for his clients, dismissal of charges and reduction of sentences.
Mr. Tarras has earned the reputation amongst judges and lawyers as being aggressive yet ethical — a lawyer who is hardworking and passionate about his client’s cases.
As a Merit Scholar graduate of Fordham Law School, Mr. Tarras spent three years working directly with nationally renowned criminal law professor and author, Deborah Denno. Their work focused on the use of advanced technology in the criminal courtroom, and how criminal defense attorneys can better utilize modern scientific and medical technology, such as brain science, to give their clients the best possible defense. This gave Mr. Tarras vast exposure and unique insight into the many forms of complex medical and scientific evidence and expert testimony that often arise in a criminal case, which he utilizes to give his clients the most zealous and holistic representation.
A native of South Florida, Mr. Tarras received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida Honors College. Mr. Tarras is licensed to practice in Florida, in both State and Federal courts. Mr. Tarras is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.