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.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1998||06/11/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Top Brass Volunteer||Friends of the NRA||2015|
|Board Certified - Criminal Trial||Florida Bar||2007|
|Book Award- Evidence||Stetson University College of Law||1997|
|Book Award- Criminal Procedure II||Stetson Univerity College of Law||1997|
|Book Award- Federal Taxation I||Stetson University College of Law||1997|
|General Counsel||Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller||2017 - Present|
|Shareholder||Kirk Pinkerton, PA||2013 - 2016|
|Partner||Lavely & Whyte, P.A.||2003 - 2013|
|Assistant State Attorney||Manatee County State Attorney's Office||2000 - 2003|
|Associate||Dickinson & Gibbons, PA||1999 - 2000|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Manatee American Inn of Court||Master||2016 - Present|
|Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court||Master Emeritus||2016 - Present|
|Glock||Certified Armorer||2013 - Present|
|Tiger Bay Manatee||Member||2013 - Present|
|National Rifle Association||Certified Instructor- Personal Protection Outside the Home||2013 - Present|
|National Rifle Association||Certified Instructor- Personal Protection Inside the Home||2013 - Present|
|National Rifle Association||Certified Instructor- Refuse to be a Victim||2013 - Present|
|National Rifle Association||Certified Instructor- Rifle and Shotgun||2013 - Present|
|National Rifle Association||Certified Instructor- Pistol||2012 - Present|
|Moose||Member||2009 - Present|
|Manatee Tiger Bay||President||2017 - 2017|
|Manatee Tiger Bay||Programming co-chair||2016 - 2016|
|Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court||Master||2014 - 2016|
|Leadership Manatee||Participant||2013 - 2014|
|Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court||Barrister||2013 - 2014|
|Manatee Chamber of Commerce||Better Business Council Member||2013 - 2016|
|Manatee Area Youth Soccer||Secretary||2012 - 2014|
|Manatee Area Youth Soccer||President||2011 - 2012|
|Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court||Treasurer||2006 - 2009|
|Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court||Member||2002 - 2009|
|Florida Youth Soccer Association||E license||N/A|
|Stetson University College of Business||Masters in Business Administration (MBA)||2004|
|Stetson University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of Central Florida||B.S.||1993|
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