Attorney Profile

Attorney Profile



1993, University of Miami, Criminal Justice, B.A.
1997, University of Miami School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions:

Washington DC
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida


Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Miami (’93) and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1997.  Jason is licensed to practice law in Florida and Washington DC.

While attending law school, Jason was a Staff Writer for the Res Ipsa Loquitur and served as a SBA 3L Senator.  Jason also held an Internship with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice while in law school.

Upon graduating from law school, Jason accepted a position as an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office where he was assigned to the Child Support Enforcement Division. Jason worked tirelessly for the State Attorney’s Office while gaining valuable trial and litigation experience before surrendering his appointment to enter into private practice.

Since opening Jason A. Setchen, P.A. in 2000, Jason has worked on an array of civil, family and criminal matters, some involving high-profile parties such as current and former professional athletes (NBA, NFL and MLB), celebrities, and world renown musicians and producers. Several of Jason’s high profile family law cases involve celebrities including world renown musicians such as Pitbull and Scott Storch.  These matters and others have been prominently featured by major media outlets including the USA Today, Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, AP, UPI,,, Billboard Magazine and TMZ. Jason has also served as a featured guest on the Fox News Network on the O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly.

A portion of Jason’s practice is dedicated to representing student-athletes in connection with NCAA and collegiate scholarship related matters.  Jason was involved in a part of the NCAA/University of Miami/Nevin Shapiro case and he successfully represented University of Miami (Orlando Magic) forward DeQuan Jones in connection with this matter.  More recently, Jason represented college basketball standout Zoe Wallis in connection with her scholarship appeal against the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.  The personal injury component of Zoe’s case is currently in litigation in Federal Court. Jason currently represents University of Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace in connection with his dismissal from the team in 2016.   In addition to working on behalf of student athletes, Jason has assisted several large universities such as Purdue University, the University of Miami, and Marshall and has aided several large high schools such as Homestead Senior High School and South Ridge Senior High School with FHSAA eligibility appeals.

In 2014 Jason worked in a partnership with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) assisting the Association and retired professional basketball players with family law related legal matters and transitional legal issues.

Jason is currently rated as a “Top Family Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide and recognized as a Top Lawyer by Super Lawyers in their South Florida Edition.

Jason’s published appellate cases include: Kenneth J. Niblack v. Florida Department of Revenue, ex rel Leticia Bacon, 959 So.2d 358 (2007); and Angel L. Lorie, Jr., Global Management Securities, Ltd. vs. Luis Santos Calderon, Teresa Gabarra Balsells, et al., 982 So.2d. 1199 (2008); and R.M. v. Florida Department of Children and Families, 114 So. 3d 392 (2013).

Jason serves as a Special Appointed Public Defender (CAC) assigned to Miami-Dade County’s Juvenile Division working with minor children and he previously served as Staff Counsel for the United Corrections Officers Federation (UCOF) where he is a two-time recipient of the UCOF “Service Award.”

Jason served as Chairman of the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee (Section 11N) in 2013 and has been a featured speaker at several educational institutions including the University of Miami and several high schools where he has lectured student athletes on family law and related issues.  In 2014, Jason was a featured speaker at the Legends World Sports Conference in Cancun, Mexico.


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