Stephen Mathew Whyte

Stephen Mathew Whyte

Kirk Pinkerton, P.A.
  • Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Insurance Claims...
  • Florida
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Born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio, Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude and with University Honors from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing). He received his law degree, Cum Laude, and his Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Stetson University. While in law school, Matt completed internships with the Chief Judge for the US District Court, Middle District of Florida, the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the 12th Judicial Circuit's Office of the State Attorney in Florida. Matt also earned Book Awards in Evidence, Criminal Procedure II, and Federal Taxation I. Matt started his legal career as a prosecutor in Bradenton and Sarasota. As a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, Matt has handled thousands of criminal cases, from simple misdemeanors and traffic offenses to serious felonies, including: DUI; Battery; Domestic Violence; Possession of Marijuana, Cocaine and other Controlled Substances; Elder Exploitation; Grand Theft; White Collar Fraud; Drug Trafficking; and Murder, Manslaughter, and other Homicides. Since 2007, Matt has been certified by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education as a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. As an insurance company lawyer and a plaintiff's personal injury attorney, Matt has handled automobile accident, medical malpractice, dog bite, slip and fall, and other personal injury cases. Matt has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. Matt is Certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to teach Basic Pistol (Florida CCW class), Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun, Refuse to be a Victim, Personal Protection Inside the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the Home. Matt is also a Certified Glock Armorer and lectures around the State of Florida on self-defense and use of force, including Florida's Stand Your Ground and "Warning Shot" laws.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • DUI & DWI
  • Juvenile Law
  • Traffic Tickets
  • White Collar Crime
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Most Personal Injury cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis. Criminal cases are accepted on a flat fee or hourly basis. Other civil litigation matters are accepted on a contingency, hourly or flat fee basis, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
US District Court- Middle District of Florida
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Greek: Spoken
Professional Experience
Shareholder
Kirk Pinkerton, P.A.
- Current
Partner
Lavely & Whyte, P.A.
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Assistant State Attorney
State Attorney's Office
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Associate Attorney
Dickinson & Gibbons
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Education
Stetson University
MBA (2004) | Business Administration
Stetson University College of Law
J.D. (1998) | Law
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Honors: Graduated Cum Laude and earned three (3) Book Awards (for the top grade in the class) in Evidence, Criminal Procedure II and Federal Income Taxation I.
Activities: Member of: Phi Alpha Delta (David Brewer Chapter); Phi Delta Phi (Cardozo Inn); Honor Court; Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court (pupil); and Certified Legal Intern (12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office).
University of Central Florida
B.S. (1993) | Business Administration- Marketing
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Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude and with University Honors for the University Honors Program; Recipient of the J.C. Aspley Scholarship and the Gordon Paul Scholarship for Excellence in Marketing; Named Marketing Student of the Year by teh Central Florida American Marketing Association; member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Mu Kappa Tau and Alpha Mu Alpha honor societies; and Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Activities: Member of: Pi Sigma Epsilon (Service Project Director); Student Government; Student Wellness Advocate Team; and Entrepreneurship Club (president).
Awards
Top Brass volunteer
Friends of the NRA
Professional Associations
National Rifle Association
Life Member
Current
Friends of the NRA
volunteer
Current
Activities: 2013 Top Brass volunteer
National Rifle Association
Certified Instructor
Current
Activities: Basic Pistol (CCW), Refuse to be a Victim, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home
Moose Lodge (2188)
member
Current
Glock
Certified Armorer
Current
Tiger Bay of Manatee County
member
- Current
Manatee County Chamber of Commerce
member
- Current
Activities: Better Business Council member
Manatee County Bar Association
member
- Current
Sarasota County Bar Association
member
- Current
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization
Coach, Board Member, President, Secretary
- Current
Activities: Florida E Licensed coach
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court
Pupil, Associate, Barrister, and Master
- Current
Activities: Served as Treasurer from 2006-2009
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
member
- Current
Leadership Manatee
participant
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Hernando Desoto Historical Society
member
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Certifications
Criminal Trial Law
The Florida Bar
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Website
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Contact & Map
1310 4th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
USA
Kirk Pinkerton, P.A.
240 South Pineapple Avenue
6th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236
USA