Steve Metz

Stephen W. Metz

Legislative & Governmental Affairs Administrative Law

A founding member of our firm, Steve currently serves in an “of counsel” role.  He has over 35 years of experience in the legislative process. 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.

Steve’s practice has focused on the areas of legislative, governmental, and administrative law. 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.

He is a member of the Florida Bar and has been a lecturer on legislative practice and dealing with state agencies. During his career, he has played a major role in a wide range of legislative initiatives  including tax issues, health regulations, workers compensation, judicial, environmental, construction and growth management issues.

Steve was appointed by Governor Bush to serve on the Florida Sports Foundation and served eight  years. Steve was elected vice chair of the Florida Sports Foundation. He also served as the Chairman of the Task Force on Crime for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Steve was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the FSU College of Law. Steve is an honorary member of Florida Blue Key. Steve is a guardian ad litem volunteer advocate and helps manage a mobile food service kitchen for low income families.

Steve has received the highest “AV” rating from Martindale-­‐Hubbell.


Shareholder Areas Of Practice: Legislative & Governmental Affairs Administrative Law Environmental Law
Bar Admissions: Florida, 1976
Education: Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1975 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1971
B.A. Honors Major: Journalism
Classes/Seminars Taught: Lecturer, Legislative Practice and Growth
Management Topics Honors and Awards: AV Rating, Martindale-­‐Hubbell Professional
Associations and Memberships: The Florida Bar
American Bar Association
Tort Reform United Effort (TRUE), 1998 -­‐ 1999
Executive Director Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Task Force on Crime Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors Chairman
Florida Sports Foundation
Board of Directors of FSU Foundations

Florida House of Representative, Committee Staff Director
State of Florida, Attorney General’s Office, Assistant Attorney General
Florida Home Builders Association, General Counsel, 1976 – 1981
Florida Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel, 1981 -­‐ 1986


Stephen W. Metz
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