Matt Metz was born and raised in Volusia County Florida. He is the second of four children. His parents are Peter Metz, a local businessman, and Claire Metz, a journalist and newscaster. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, earning a bachelor of science in Business Administration. He then graduated cum laude from Florida State University College of Law.
Mr. Metz began working for the Office of the Public Defender as an intern upon graduating law school. When he passed the bar shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the misdemeanor division. Within a year he was promoted to a felony attorney position. He then became the Felony Division Chief over the largest trial division in the 7th Judicial Circuit. In that role he supervised 12 other felony attorneys and their staff while managing a caseload of his own clients.
Mr. Metz has achieved Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law, which qualifies him as an expert in criminal law and recognizes his special knowledge, skills, and proficiency as well as professionalism and excellence in that area of law. He has also been honored as one of Volusia’s top 40 under 40 business professionals.
He serves his community as a member of his local rotary, Dunn-Blount Inn of Courts, and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Most importantly, he is the proud husband of Sarah Metz, a shareholder at the law firm of Smith Bigman Brock, P.A., and father of two, Lyons and Charlotte.
He was elected in 2020 as the Public Defender of the 7th Circuit and is excited to serve his community in this way and to continue the history of excellent service that the office provides.