Our Team

Steve Metz

Steve Metz Steve is a shareholder and is extensively involved in the legislative section of the firm. He has over 35 years of experience in the legislative process. Steve practices in the areas of legislative, governmental, and administrative. Steve is a former legislative staff member and a former Assistant Attorney General. He was the General Counsel of the Florida Home Builders Association from 1976 to 1981 and the General Counsel of the Florida Chamber of Commerce from 1981 to 1985. Steve received his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism with honors from the University of Florida and earned his Juris Doctor at the Florida State University College of Law.
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Warren H. Husband

Warren is a shareholder and member of the administrative law, legislative & governmental affairs, and civil litigation sections of the firm. He regularly represents clients before a broad spectrum of state agencies, and has extensive trial experience before the Division of Administrative Hearings. Warren provides legal expertise in a wide variety of regulatory areas, including state contracting and procurement, affordable housing development, election law and ethics matters, insurance regulation, pari-mutuel gaming, and alcoholic beverage regulation.
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Jim Daughton

Jim Daughton is President of the firm and practices in its legislative affairs and administrative rulemaking areas with an emphasis on financial services, technology and healthcare. Throughout the course of his professional career Jim has represented Fortune 500 companies, Florida-based businesses and professional associations. Jim has served in many business and civic organizations including the Advisory Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute and chairman of the Florida Chamber’s Free Enterprise PAC. Jim graduated, with high honors, from the Florida State University College of Law. He earned his B.A. in political science from Stetson University.
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Aimee Diaz Lyon

Aimee Diaz Lyon is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in legislative and governmental affairs. She represents clients before the legislative and executive branches of Florida government, including regulatory boards and commissions, with an emphasis on health care and judiciary issues. Prior to joining Metz, Husband and Daughton, Aimee served for seven years as legislative counsel for a large statewide legal association. Aimee earned her Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law and earned a duel Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Spanish from Dartmouth College.
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Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer has more than a decade of experience in Florida politics and government. During the early part of his career, Andy served as the Chief Policy Analyst for Health and Human Services in the Office of Policy and Budget under Governor Jeb Bush. He also held a variety of positions in the Florida House including Legislative Analyst in the House Majority Office and Staff Director of the House Health Care Regulation Committee. From 2005 – 2006, Andy served as the Republican Party of Florida’s (RPOF’s) Executive Director for Political Affairs. Most recently, Andy served as Executive Director of the RPOF for the late Chairman Dave Bitner and Governor Rick Scott.
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Doug Bell

Doug Bell focuses his practice on government affairs and administrative law, where he has worked in various policy areas focusing on healthcare, insurance, general business issues and various local government issues. With 20 years of legislative experience, Doug represents clients such as Avis Budget Group, McDonald’s Corporation, Progressive Insurance Company, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, and Daiichi Sankyo. He has garnered an AV®  Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. Doug has also been noted in Florida Trend Magazine as a member of the Florida Legal Elite, and has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America®  publication.
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Patricia Greene

Patricia Greene serves as a Senior Policy Advisor who practices in the legislative affairs and administrative rulemaking areas of the firm. She represents clients before the legislative and executive branches of government, in addition to coordinating a multitude of legislative, political and fundraising activities. Patricia has been active in the legislative process since 1981. Throughout the course of her professional career Patricia has represented Fortune 500 companies, Florida-based businesses, professional associations and not-for-profit organizations.
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Allison Liby-Schoonover

Alli Liby-Schoonover has more than a decade of state government experience in both the legislative and executive branches of government. Alli’s expertise and command of the political process provide her with the skills necessary to adeptly meet client goals. Alli graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with dual bachelors degrees in American Studies and Political Science. She then taught high school literature as a Teach For America Corps Member in inner-city West Philadelphia. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she holds a Master of Science in Education, her thesis examined the impact of teachers’ unions.
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Pierce Schuessler

Pierce Schuessler has nearly a decade of experience in state government. Early in his career, Pierce served as Legislative Affairs Director for former Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning. Later, Pierce served in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget developing and drafting the Governor’s Budget Recommendations for various state agencies. From 2010-2012, he served as the Budget and Legislative Affairs Director for Florida’s current Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Pierce then went on to serve as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In 2013, and under the leadership of Secretary Herschel Vinyard, Pierce led the Department’s efforts to pass omnibus legislation which provided $880 million for Governor Scott’s long-term Everglades restoration plan. Most recently, Pierce served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Tom Lee. Pierce earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida State University.
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