Matthew J. Carson

Matthew is a trial lawyer with experience representing clients in civil rights, casualty defense, police liability, public records, constitutional, employment, commercial, and environmental matters.  The majority of Matthew’s legal career has been as a litigator in state and federal court, serving as lead counsel in jury trials and matters on appeal.

From 2014-2016, Matthew served as General Counsel to the Florida House of Representatives.  In this role, Matthew served as principal legal advisor to the Speaker and members of the House, and represented the House in litigation before state and federal courts.  He also provided guidance to members and leadership on issues of ethics, public records and open meetings, and voting conflicts.  Following his time at the House, Matthew was appointed by Speaker Steve Crisafulli to be a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics.

From 2013-2014, Matthew served as General Counsel to the Florida Department of Education.  During this time, Matthew provided legal guidance to the Commissioner of Education and members of the State Board of Education regarding the adoption of new education standards and procurement of new statewide assessment.  He also oversaw litigation challenging the constitutionality of the state’s public education system.

Education

  • University of Florida, College of Law – J.D., cum laude, 2004
  • University of Florida – B.S. in Zoology, 1997

Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Florida Commission on Ethics, Member
  • Florida Bar, Education Law Committee
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Tallahassee Lawyers Division