Excellence In Divorce And Tax-Related Matters

Managing Partner

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Practice Areas


Bar Admissions


What's Important in Marital and Family Law

"In times of family crisis, personal attention and communication are priceless."

Client opinions matter and experienced divorce Attorney George Metcalfe is committed to giving each client the attention that he or she deserves. New clients will see their phone calls are returned personally and promptly as George devotes time to teaching clients what is important in family court and to directing efforts that achieve the best outcome. Together, the client and attorney are able to weigh the risks, costs and likely outcome.

High Quality Legal Representation

Family law considerations may be overwhelming to new clients. George explains in simple and understandable words how to craft a property settlement which promotes careful consideration of business and investment valuations and proven and successful strategies to maximize asset structures, understanding debt and realized income and ultimate tax efforts after divorce. Whenever possible, George values and encourages win-win settlements which encourage cooperation when possible. In matters regarding children, George encourages cooperation between parents and procedures to assure accountability in parenting decisions especially those involving relocation requests and in matters where jurisdictional issues may affect outcomes. The firm seeks out and maintains excellent working relationships with financial and valuation experts in public accounting and in real estate and business interests and appraisals.

Weighing Costs and Benefits of Litigation

The firm does not encourage litigation when a settlement can be achieved, but it will not recommend settling a case if such settlement provides unfair results to the client. Although he is a capable and experienced litigator in court, George's first effort is to settle matters in mediation and in non-adversarial manners. Reaching resolution in a cost-effective and expeditious manner is more important than harmful and expensive trials where the client's future is determined solely by a judge. Winning and losing in trials to George is based more on the client, including consideration of cost, stress, future ramifications and satisfaction for the client. Not considering personal ramifications of decisions during divorce is costly. Less eventful matters of family law help the whole family heal and encourages resolution in a private office, not in a public arena.

Practice Areas

  • Marital and Family Law 70%
  • Other Matters 15%
  • Appeals 10%
  • Taxation 5%


  • St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D.
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • Major: Graduate Tax Program
  • University of Miami
    • B.B.A. - 1981
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Miami
    • M.B.A. - 1984
  • University of Miami
    • M.A. - 1985
  • Ransom-Everglades School, Coconut Grove, Florida

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit (Pending)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Associations

  • Indian River County Bar Association, Member, 2019 to Present
  • Friends of Rupert J. Smith Law Library, Vice President, 2021 to Present
  • Miami-Dade Bar Association , 2022 to Present
  • St. Lucie County Bar Association, 2019 to Present
  • Juvenile Justice Attorneys Association - Miami, 1996 to 2004
  • Supreme Court Historical Association, 2021 to Present
  • Family Law Section, Florida Bar
  • Member, Miami Dade Bar


  • Pro Bono Service Award, Florida Rural Legal Services, 2021
  • Pro Bono Service, Florida Bar, 2010
  • Martindale Hubbell Rated: Very High Legal Ability and Very High Ethical Standards
  • Martindale Hubbell Rated: Gold Client Champion
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers 2020 (Top 5%) - Martindale Hubbell

Classes & Seminars

  • Contract Law, 1999, Barry University
  • Family Law, Florida National College, 1997 to 2020
  • Florida Civil Practice, Florida National College, 1997 to 2000
  • Florida Foster Care and the Federal Adoption & Safe Families Act, 1999, University of Miami School of Law

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Founder of The Law Clinic at Rupert J. Smith Law Library, 2018 to 2022

Past Positions

  • Peters, Pickle, Niemoeller, Robertson, Lax and Parsons, Law Clerk, Associate, 1985 to 1988
  • United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida, 1985, Law Clerk, Appellate Division
  • Department Of Health And Rehabilitation Services, Senior Attorney, 1990 to 1991


  • English
  • Spanish