VERO BEACH — Longtime Vero Beach lawyer Andrew Metcalf has been tapped to lead the state’s top nonprofit group dedicated to advancing the work of criminal defense attorneys across Florida.
In June, Metcalf, 46, a partner in the Green & Metcalf law firm, will be voted in as president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Inc., which has about 2,000 members who promote excellence in the practice of criminal law and support legislative policies that foster judicial reform.
It’s the first time in the association’s 30-year history that a Treasure Coast attorney has been voted in as president, Metcalf said.
“The thing that makes me most proud is … that lawyers from Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Palm Beach are more commonly nominated to this position and more commonly elected,” Metcalf said Tuesday. “To be elected by a group of peers statewide was a big honor. And I’m even more humbled to know that no other attorney in our (19th Judicial) circuit has been president. That covers Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.”
He’ll serve as president for one year after an induction ceremony during the group’s annual meeting June 9.
Current president Lisa Call, an assistant federal public defender in Jacksonville, said when Metcalf is inducted next month, it’ll cap what’s been a five-year commitment.
“Andy would have been elected in 2013 to be the secretary of FADCL,” she said, “and then you move up through the officer ranks.”
Call said Metcalf is ready for his new role.
“I think Andy was nominated because he had served on other committees and was a very active chapter representative and director at large … and won the election,” she said. “He’s going to bring a lot of energy and excitement and you know, if he’s a marathoner and a triathlon, he’s got the endurance for this.”
Metcalf has been involved with the Tallahassee-based group since 1997 when he launched a private law practice with partner Norman Green. He’s also a past president of the Indian River County Bar Association.
For 20 years, Metcalf has represented clients in all sorts of criminal cases, including drug and sex offenses, murder and fraud charges, in addition to DUI and vehicular homicide.
He said attorneys who join the criminal defense organization receive invaluable legal resources and can tap into a wealth of experience from seasoned attorneys.
“I don’t care how senior of an attorney you are, there’s always someone who knows a little bit more than the topic you’re on because they’ve done it,” Metcalf said. “That network is a very powerful thing … to be a complete criminal defense lawyer and to be able to network instantly with thousands of other lawyers, I see no reason to not be a member of this organization.”
Metcalf also practices family law handling cases involving divorce, paternity, child custody, alimony and domestic violence.