Edward L. Metzger III

Criminal Defense

When facing criminal charges, you don’t just need a lawyer – you need a good lawyer. Edward L. (“Lee”) Metzger III is a good lawyer, with experience in state and federal criminal matters. He has guided clients through many types of criminal allegations. Examples include:

  • Conspiracy
  • Disorderly conduct and public intoxication
  • Drug offenses (e.g., marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and pills/prescription drugs)
  • DUI
  • Embezzlement
  • False statement in application/use of passport
  • Federal crimes
  • Forfeiture
  • Fraud (e.g. mail fraud, insurance fraud, etc.)
  • Gun offenses
  • Identity Theft
  • Insider trading
  • Juvenile offenses
  • Misdemeanors
  • Money laundering
  • Supervised release violations
  • Theft offenses
  • Unlawful distribution of controlled substances (i.e., “trafficking”)
  • White collar crimes

Mr. Metzger aggressively protects the constitutional rights of the accused.  He routinely represents clients in misdemeanor and felony matters in state and federal courts in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. The emphasis of his practice is felony cases in federal court.  He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Eastern District of Kentucky at Covington, and has litigated a number of criminal matters designated as “complex” by the federal judiciary.  He has also litigated § 2255 motions for post-conviction relief.

An example of Mr. Metzger’s recent success in the federal criminal arena was his representation of an employee of a publicly traded company in Western Kentucky who was under federal investigation for insider trading. Due to Mr. Metzger’s adept management of that case, no charges were filed against the employee, and the employee suffered no criminal penalties. If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being a target, subject, or witness in a federal investigation, Mr. Metzger has an effective plan to protect you.

His criminal defense practice also includes handling expungements and compliance with grand jury subpoenas. These matters warrant the advice of experienced counsel and it is unwise to “go it alone.” Seasoned practitioners like Mr. Metzger are a prudent investment and a reliable resource.

In addition, Mr. Metzger founded the firm’s Corporate Victim Representation group, a niche group within the firm’s criminal defense practice. This group focuses on taking advantage of criminal restitution laws to secure meaningful recoveries for victims of corporate crime (often, victims of embezzlement) but without the expense, time, and risk inherent in civil litigation. For example, Mr. Metzger and the Corporate Victim Representation group recently secured a six-figure settlement for a private client whose former business manager had been embezzling corporate funds.  Sometimes, though, litigation is unavoidable.  In those instances, Mr. Metzger litigates the case with urgency for his client.  In early 2015, Mr. Metzger and the Corporate Victim Representation group obtained a six figure judgment for a client whose bookkeeper had been embezzling from its accounts.  The judgment was obtained within just a few months of filing suit.

If you believe that you or your company has been a victim of embezzlement or other corporate crime, contact Mr. Metzger immediately for assistance.

Civil Litigation

Lee Metzger is one of the premier young litigators in the area. Lee is one of the rising stars within the firm and is well-respected in the local legal community.  He accepts both plaintiffs’ cases and defense cases in state and federal courts throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Because of his first-hand experience in all aspects of the prosecution and the defense of civil suits, he is an ideal choice to represent you or your company in litigation.

Mr. Metzger’s representation of plaintiffs and defendants has covered a broad range of issues, including:

  • Assault and battery
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Collections
  • Conversion
  • Declaration of Rights
  • Defamation
  • Employment issues/wrongful termination
  • Estate and probate litigation
  • Extortion
  • Fraud
  • Harassment and Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Injunctions
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury, including car wrecks, trucking accidents, and slip-and-falls
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Disputes, including boundary and access issues
  • Shareholders’ Rights
  • Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Act/Bad Faith litigation
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist claims
  • Unjust Enrichment
  • Wrongful Death

In his plaintiffs’ cases, Mr. Metzger approaches every client with the heart of a teacher, communicating frequently to adequately explain each stage of the lawsuit and provide the client with some peace of mind. No matter the case or claim, he understands the need to aggressively and intelligently pursue his clients’ interests to ensure an optimal outcome.

A substantial portion of Mr. Metzger’s practice is dedicated to his work as a defense lawyer, in which he primarily represents individuals, businesses, and insurance companies pursuant to automobile and commercial general liability insurance policies. He is adept at managing these cases in a way that is cost-effective for the insurance company while simultaneously providing maximum protection to the client. He has substantial experience resolving these types of cases, whether through mediation, trial, or just good ol’-fashioned negotiation. Having Mr. Metzger on your side guarantees an elite defense.

In addition, Mr. Metzger is often the preferred local counsel for out-of-town attorneys, law firms, and businesses, particularly in state foreclosure matters and matters in federal court.  He also serves as general counsel for various local government entities.

Community

Lee Metzger embraces the opportunity to serve the Northern Kentucky community that is his lifelong home.  He is a member of Mother of God Church in Covington, Kentucky, where he serves as the parish’s representative on the school board for Covington Catholic High School. Since joining the board in 2011, he has served as Secretary, President-Elect, and Board President.  He is also a third degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, and is a member of Kehoe Council in Ludlow.

In addition, Mr. Metzger has been a member of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section since 2010, and since that time has served as Social Committee Chairman, CLE Committee Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.  He is also a member of the Editorial Committee for the NKBA’s bimonthly magazine, Lex Loci.

Mr. Metzger is an ADF-Allied attorney, and has received extensive training from the Alliance Defending Freedom in the areas of religious liberty/first amendment, marriage and the family, and bioethics.  He has represented a number of clients as an Allied attorney on pro-life and marriage issues.  Presently, he serves as a member of the Diocese of Covington’s Pro-Life Advisory Board.

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Education

  • B.A., History and Classics, University of Kentucky (2007) Summa cum laude
  • Otis A. Singletary Scholar
  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School (2010) Cum laude
  • Solicitation Editor, NOTRE DAME J.L. ETHICS & PUB. POL’Y, 2009-2010

Admitted to Practice

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • State of Ohio
  • State of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DRI