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Matt was born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio before moving to Florida to attend the University of Central Florida.

At UCF, he majored in Marketing (B.S.B.A.) and graduated Magna Cum Laude and with University Honors from the UCF Honors Program.

After several years in sales and marketing, Matt enrolled in Stetson University’s College of Law. At Stetson, he received three book awards (given to the student with the highest grade in the class) in Evidence, Federal Taxation I, and Criminal Procedure II.

While in law school, Matt completed internships with the Chief Judge of the US District Court, Middle District of Florida, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida (Economic Crimes Division).

Matt also has a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Stetson University's School of Business. 

After law school, Matt worked as an Assistant State Attorney for over four years in Bradenton and Sarasota. As a prosecutor, he handled thousands of criminal cases, from misdemeanors such as traffic offenses and DUI's to felonies such as Elder Exploitation, Grand Theft, Fraud, Drug Trafficking, Homicide, Manslaughter, Aggravated Battery and Sex Crimes.

Matt also worked as an insurance company lawyer defending personal injury actions.

Matt joined Kirk Pinkerton, P.A. as a shareholder in 2013, after working for over 10 years in a small law firm. 

Matt has dedicated his legal career to the practice litigation and is proud to have received his certification in Criminal Trial law as recognized by the Florida Bar.

Matt has been married to his wife, Tina, since 1996, and they currently reside in Bradenton with their three children.


Languages spoken: English, Greek

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Car Accidents: 25%
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
  5. Juvenile: 5%



Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Kirk Pinkerton, PA

240 South Pineapple Avenue
6th Floor
Sarasota, FL, 34236

P.O. Box 3798
Sarasota, FL, 34230



FLMember in Good Standing199809/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Criminal TrialFlorida Bar2007
Book Award- Criminal Procedure IIStetson Univerity College of Law1997
Book Award- EvidenceStetson University College of Law1997
Book Award- Federal Taxation IStetson University College of Law1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderKirk Pinkerton, PA2013 - Present
PartnerLavely & Whyte, P.A.2003 - 2013
Assistant State AttorneyManatee County State Attorney's Office2000 - 2003
AssociateDickinson & Gibbons, PA1999 - 2000
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtMaster2014 - Present
Manatee Chamber of CommerceBetter Business Council Member2013 - Present
Tiger Bay ManateeMember2013 - Present
Leadership ManateeParticipant2013 - 2014
GlockCertified Armorer2013 - Present
National Rifle AssociationCertified Instructor- Personal Protection Outside the Home2013 - Present
National Rifle AssociationCertified Instructor- Personal Protection Inside the Home2013 - Present
National Rifle AssociationCertified Instructor- Refuse to be a Victim2013 - Present
National Rifle AssociationCertified Instructor- Refuse to be a Victim2013 - Present
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtBarrister2013 - 2014
National Rifle AssociationCertified Instructor- Pistol2012 - Present
Manatee Area Youth SoccerSecretary2012 - Present
Manatee Area Youth SoccerPresident2011 - 2012
MooseMember2009 - Present
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtTreasurer2006 - 2009
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtMember2002 - 2009
Florida Youth Soccer AssociationE licenseN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson UniversityN/AOther - Masters2004
Stetson University College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of Central FloridaBusiness Administration- MarketingBS - Bachelor of Science1993