Matthew J. Kovschak
Matthew J. Kovschak practices in the areas of business and corporate law, bankruptcy and reorganization, and mediation. He also provides litigation support for the Firm's family law and appellate cases. Matthew attended Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Alabama and earned his Juris Doctor in 1986. While at Cumberland, he was recognized for his academic accomplishments in the areas of Admiralty and International Law. In 1981, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida.
Born in Virginia, Matthew spent most of his formative years in Fort Meade, Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police and his mother was the administrative assistant for the principal of Fort Meade High School. Matthew was a member of the All-County band, playing trumpet. He was the high school's Annual photographer. Upon graduation from law school, Matthew desired to return to Polk County.
Matthew joined the long-established Polk County law firm of Bradley Johnson. He was one of the primary attorneys in the firm's Bartow location, concentrating his practice on the various aspects of business law and commercial litigation, including the representation of individuals and businesses before the United States Bankruptcy Court. At Bradley Johnson, Matthew worked alongside Attorney John Laurent, formerly a State Senator who later resigned the firm to become a Circuit Court Judge. Matthew learned much in his partnership with Bradley Johnson. He participated in Leadership Bartow and was a Precinct Committeeman and a Delegate to the State Republican Convention. In 1993, he began his own firm before joining Sutton Law Firm, and has remained active in political campaigns and causes benefiting local businesses and families. In 1997, he was sworn in as a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Kovschak has served as a Barrister member of and Historian for the Willson American Inn of Court and has served on the Law Office Management section of the Florida Bar. In June 2013, the Sutton Law Firm attorneys participated in the first-ever program of dance for those with dementia in Florida. The program, Ballroom for the Brain, was organized by the partnership of USA Dance, a national organization, and the Central and North Florida Alzheimer's Association. The Firm's attorneys next began the development of Care To Dance, which launched in 2014, the program providing, ballroom dance to people with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other cognitive and physically disabling conditions, has since served more than 2,500 area seniors
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
- Florida Bar, Business Law, Elder Law and Family Law Sections
- Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
- Willson American Inn of Court: Historian; Barrister Member; (1995 to 2001)
Civic Associations and Activities
- Care to Dance, Inc. (2011 to present), Founder and Photographer
- Campaign Organizer, Committee Chair; Fund Raiser
- Campaigns of City Commissioner, Tax Collector and Various Judicial Candidates.
- Florida Rural Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney (1991 to date) Pro Bono Awards (numerous years)
- Formerly Served/Member of: Bartow Kiwanis Club. Committee, Dancing Under the Stars; Committee, Little River Band’s Veteran’s Day Tribute