The Florida Bar


June 29, 2015
Francine Walker,
The Florida Bar
(850) 561-5666

Tallahassee attorney Stephen William Metz received the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award at The Florida Bar's 65th Annual Convention last week at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton.

Kirk Haas was a member of The Florida Bar who practiced law in Miami until his untimely death in 1987. He was recognized by many for his humanity and legal ethics as well as his skill and his professionalism. The G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award was established in 1998 to recognize a Florida Bar member for meritorious service to the legal profession.

The award recipient is selected annually by the president of The Florida Bar. The recipient then selects a Florida law school, and a scholarship is awarded to a second-year student who demonstrates an exceptionally high degree of integrity, ethics, professionalism and a concern for others. Metz has chosen the Florida State University College of Law to receive the scholarship.

Metz is a Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocate and also helps manage a mobile food-service kitchen for low-income families.

“He is a very humble and quiet leader,” said 2014-15 Florida Bar President Gregory W. Coleman. “He will never tell you, but he goes to very poor and impoverished areas of Central America to help build housing for some of the poorest people in the world. He is extraordinarily generous with this faith and his time and is simply one of the finest people I know.”

During his 35-year career, Metz has played a major role in a wide range of legislative initiatives, including tax issues, health regulations, workers compensation, judicial, environmental, construction and growth management issues.

Metz is a former legislative staff member and a former assistant attorney general. He was the general counsel of the Florida Home Builders Association from 1976 to 1981 and the general counsel of the Florida Chamber of Commerce from 1981 to 1985.

He became legislative counsel to The Florida Bar in 2000.

Metz was appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Sports Foundation, where he served eight years. He also served as the chairman of the Task Force on Crime for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Metz was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida State University College of Law. He is an honorary member of Florida Blue Key.

Metz is a shareholder in Metz, Husband and Daughton, P.A., in Tallahassee. He practices in the areas of legislative, governmental and administrative law.

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