Debra M. Metzler, Esquire

Debra M. Metzler

Ms. Metzler was born in Washington, D.C., on June 16, 1958. She moved to St. Petersburg, Florida at an early age and attended local schools. Ms. Metzler is a graduate of Stetson University (B.A., 1980; J.D., 1983). While attending law school, she served as a member of the Stetson Law Review. She was admitted to practice in 1983 and is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. She is rated AV by the Martindale-Hubble Law Directory.

Ms. Metzler concentrates her practice in the fields of worker’s compensation defense and personal injury defense. Early in her career she represented the statewide Peer Review Organization for Florida dealing with contractual and regulatory matters on Medicare over-utilization, medical necessity, and fraud and abuse. Since 1989 her practice has focused on representing self-insured employers and carriers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Since joining Barr, Murman and Tonelli, P.A., she has also handled the defense of personal injury cases. She is certified as a Medicare Set-Aside consultant. She advises clients on issues regarding the Medicare Secondary Payor Act and compliance with federal law as applied to both liability and workers’ compensation litigation.

Ms. Metzler has been a frequent lecturer on the subject of worker’s compensation matters for Council on Education in Management, Lorman Company, National Business Institute, and Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals. Ms. Metzler was a panel member for the Florida Department of Insurance, Symposium on Fraud in Worker’s Compensation, representing the defense attorney perspective. She was also a panel member for the Florida Bar Regional Workshop, Worker’s Compensation Section, Local Procedure and Professionalism (1999).

Ms. Metzler co-authored the Florida section of the Publication, The Legal Guide to Independent Contractor Status¬ (Wiley Publications, 1991) and has contributed to the publication News and Four Forty Report (Worker’s Compensation Section, the Florida Bar).

Ms. Metzler is a member of The Florida Bar sections on Workers’ Compensation and Health Care. She has served as a board member and officer of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (1989-1993).