Matt Schultz | Personal Injury Lawyer | Levin Papantonio

Attorney Profile

  • Attorney Matt Schultz
  • Matt Schultz

  • Shareholder
  • Levin Papantonio
  • (850) 435-7000
  • (888) 435-7001
  • mschultz [at]

Matt earned dual undergraduate degrees, one with honors, from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992 & 1993. After working several years as a litigation paralegal, he attended Florida State University College of Law, where he graduated with highest honors in 2002.

Matt earned 14 "book awards" during law school (for the highest grade in a given course), worked as Professor Charles Ehrhardt's sole research assistant during all three years of law school, and served as senior articles editor for the FSU Law Review, while also clerking in private practice. Matt has twice served as an adjunct professor to the FSU School of Criminology, teaching a graduate course on criminal law and individual rights. He has been elected to the Order of the Coif.

Upon graduation from law school, Matt served two years as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert L. Hinkle, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Florida, in Tallahassee.

He resides in Pensacola with his wife and two daughters. He is a member of the Florida Bar, a former member of the Florida Bar's Federal Court Practice Committee, and a current member of the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee. For several years, Matt chaired the legal review panel for the ACLU of Northwest Florida and he currently serves on the board of Emerald Coastkeeper, Inc.

Matt has been peer-nominated and selected as a Florida "Super Lawyer" every year since 2009. He is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell. In his spare time, he plays bass, enjoys gardening, and loses chess games.

Year Joined Law Firm

  • 2004

Present Position with Law Firm

  • Shareholder

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Individual & Class Actions
  • Mass Torts Litigation
  • Tobacco Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 2002
    Honors: Graduated With Highest Honors
    Honors: Board Member, FSU College of Law ACLU
    Honors: Meritorious Service Award for his service to the Law Review
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: 14 Book Awards
    Honors: Law Review: FSU Law Review, Senior Articles Editor
  • B.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 1992
    Major: History
  • B.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 1993
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: Paralegal

Published Works

  • Senior Writer, The American Trial Lawyer
  • Equitable Repudiation: Toward a Doctrine of Fallible Perfection in Statutory Interpretation, 29 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 303, 2001
  • Bad Faith or No Faith? Finding a Place for Wrongful Refusal to Defend In Florida's Bad Faith Jurisprudence, 29 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1389, 2002
  • Public Hospitals Might Claim Total Immunity from Emergency Medicine Malpractice Claims, 472 AFTL J. 17, March/April, 2002
  • Pulling Skeletons from the Closet: A Look Into the Work-Product Doctrine as Applied to Expert Witnesses, 31 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 67, 2003

Representative Cases

  • Martin vs. RJR et al. ($30 million jury verdict)
  • Gray vs. RJR et al. ($9.2 million jury verdict)
  • Ward vs. RJR et al. ($2.7 million jury verdict)
  • Guy vs. Roads Inc. of NW Florida ($4.25 million jury verdict)

Prior Employment

  • Hon. Robert L. Hinkle, U.S. District Judge
  • Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee, Law Clerk