Attorney Matt Schultz | Levin Papantonio

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Attorney Matt Schultz

Matt Schultz

Levin Papantonio

316 South Baylen St.

Pensacola, FL 32502

mschultzatlevinlaw.com

 

After working several years as a litigation paralegal, Matt attended Florida State University College of Law, where he graduated with highest honors in 2002.

During law school, Matt earned 14 "book awards" (for the highest grade in a course), worked as Professor Charles Ehrhardt’s sole research assistant, served as senior articles editor for the FSU Law Review, clerked in private practice, and helped raise two young daughters. 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 belongs to the Order of the Coif.

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

Matt joined the firm in 2004 and became a shareholder in 2009. His practice has focused on complex litigation and trials. He has been peer-nominated and selected as a Florida "Super Lawyer" each year since 2009. He is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Florida Bar and serves on the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee.

He writes a regular Evidence column for the FJA Journal. 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.

With his two daughters now away in college, Matt lives in Pensacola with his wife of 27 years and several cats. 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

Education

  • 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