Paula Metzler was elected Town Justice on November 5, 2019. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Metzler was a Penfield Town Councilwoman (2009-2019).
A third generation Penfield resident, Judge Metzler is a graduate of Penfield High School, the University of Rochester and Boston College Law School. She is also a Deputy Monroe County Attorney, where she practices in County, Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts. She is counsel to the Department of Human Services, focusing on cases related to public assistance and Medicaid eligibility, fraud, guardianships, and financial recovery from lawsuits and estate matters.
Judge Metzler has an extensive background, spanning over 25 years as an attorney in Rochester. Prior to being named a Deputy County Attorney, she was employed by the New York State Office of Court Administration as Chief Counsel to the New York Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions, a distinguished committee of judges and attorneys which writes and publishes the pattern criminal jury instructions used in all state, county, town, village and city courts. She is also a former faculty member of the New York Judicial Institute where she was a frequent lecturer to judges on matters related to jury trials and criminal law topics.
Judge Metzler has experience both in the courtroom and behind the scenes, having been Principal Court Attorney to the Supervising Judge for the Seventh Judicial District. In that role, she researched and analyzed civil and criminal legal issues at both trial and appellate levels. Her duties included drafting legal opinions and advisory memoranda, monitoring the court calendar and case management, investigating administrative concerns, holding conferences for civil and criminal matters and advising the judge on issues in court.
During Judge Metzler’s tenure in private practice, her work consisted of civil litigation, landlord-tenant matters, employment law, elder law, collections law, criminal defense and real estate.
Judge Metzler’s dedication to our community dates back to when she returned to Penfield after law school. She became an advocate and counselor at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC), providing intervention services, counseling and advocacy for children from violent homes. While at SPCC, she was a member of the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium as well as the New York State Crime Victims Board Advisory Council.
Judge Metzler is a trained mediator, and is one of only 25 mediators in the country selected to be an arbitrator for disputes across the United States involving the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Being the parent of a child with special needs, Judge Metzler has been honored to participate in and volunteer with the New York Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics. Her family is active in AutismUp, an organization that supports individuals with autism and their families by enriching lives and providing recreational and learning opportunities in Rochester and surrounding areas.
Contact Paula Metzler: (585) 340.8623 or (585) 340.8624