Matthew Carson is an experienced lawyer with extensive courtroom experience representing clients in civil rights, casualty defense, police liability, public records, constitutional, employment, commercial, and environmental matters.  The majority of Mr. Carson’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, Mr. Carson served as General Counsel to the Florida House of Representatives.  In this role, Matthew served as principal legal advisor to the House 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.

From 2013-2014, Mr. Carson served as General Counsel to the Florida Department of Education.  During this time, he 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.

Mr. Carson received both his undergraduate degree in Zoology and his juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Florida. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Courts of the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit. From 2016-2018, Mr. Carson served as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics. Mr. Carson is currently a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Second Judicial Circuit.