Tel: (805) 962-0011, ext. 155
Fax: (805) 965-3978


Civil Litigations & Appeals


Mr. Metzinger handles a wide range of civil litigation matters, including business litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation and probate and estate disputes. He also handles all aspects of appellate litigation, from the evaluation of a case for appeal to the completion of the appellate process.

Mr. Metzinger has represented a broad spectrum of clients, including small and large businesses, non-profit organizations, public entities, television and print media, landowners, trusts and estates.

His practice encompasses such diverse matters as business torts and breach of contract claims, wrongful termination and employment claims, landowner and water disputes, trade secret disputes, estate claims and First Amendment claims.


  • University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1986)
  • University of San Francisco (J.D., 1989)


  • California
  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Supreme Court


  • The State Bar of California (Pro Bono Award, 1991)
  • Conference of California Bar Associations (Santa Barbara Delegate, 2002-Present)
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association (President 2004; Editor-In-Chief, Santa Barbara Lawyer, 2002)
  • William L. Gordon Inns of Court (President, 2012)
  • Barristers’ Club of Santa Barbara (President, 1996-1997)
  • Santa Barbara Corral of the Westerners (President, 2010-2011)
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell (AV Rating)


  • Cancer Center of Santa Barbara (Trustee, 2011-Present)
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Advisory Committee)


  • DeBoni Corporation v. Del Norte Water Company (2011)
    • 200 Cal.App.4th 1163
  • Citizens Planning Ass’n v. City of Santa Barbara (2011)
    • 191 Cal.App.4th 1541
  • Peak-Las Positas Partners v. Bollag (2009)
    • 172 Cal.App.4th 101
  • McKenzie v. Vanderpoel (2007)
    • 151 Cal.App.4th 1442
  • Baugh v. Garl (2006)
    • 137 Cal.App.4th 737
  • Marriage of Jacobsen (2004)
    • 121 Cal.App.4th 1187
  • Jordan v. City of Santa Barbara (1996)
    • 46 Cal.App.4th 1245