Lawyer Image

Joseph U. Metz

  • Blog
Primary Office
Penn National Insurance Plaza
2 North 2nd Street
Suite 1101
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Direct(717) 236-4812 (Ext. 204)
Fax(717) 236-7811


Ellen Yasinski
Direct(717) 236-4812 ext. 202

Joe Metz is a criminal defense lawyer with a long history of sophisticated and successful representations. His recent representations have included Bonusgate clients and state officials. During the past twenty years, he has represented a client in virtually every major white collar case in the Harrisburg area.

Joe has represented hundreds of white-collar clients in state and federal investigations and negotiated many successful plea bargains. He has tried over sixty cases to verdict. In the course of his practice, Joe has represented state officials, attorneys, physicians, nuclear power plant executives and prosecutors as well as many executives enmeshed in white-collar investigations.

Joe clerked for judge Richard B. Wickersham of the Pennsylvania Superior Court and has also served as a public defender and deputy general in the course of his career. He is active in the bar association and many court organizations and has twice chaired the Magistrate Selection Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Representative Experience

  • Co-lead counsel for indirect purchaser plaintiffs in Chocolate Pricing Antitrust Litigation, Middle District of Pennsylvania.
  • Counsel for acquitted defendant in largest SEC municipal bond prosecution in Mid Atlantic region.
  • Counsel for largest corporate defendant in Bonusgate investigation.
  • Counsel for chief state pharmacist in ethics prosecution.
  • Co-counsel for chief counsel of Fortune 500 company in federal criminal fraud case.
  • Counsel for defendant in $130,000,000 fraudulent construction bid case.
  • Co-counsel for treasurer of joint state authority in successful defense of federal corruption charges.
  • Co-counsel to State Treasurer in federal criminal trial.
  • Counsel for head of nuclear power plant in representation before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Chairman, Magistrate Selection Committee, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • Member, Lawyer’s Advisory Committee to Federal Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2009 – 2010
  • Member, Committee Concerning Appointment of Federal Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2009

Speeches & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Dealing with the IRS on Criminal Matters,” PBA Annual Meeting, Hershey, PA, July 2012
  • Panelist, “Civil and Criminal Pretrial Evidentiary Hearings: Beyond the Basics,” The Middle District of Pa. Chapter of FBA, Harrisburg, PA, May 2012
Search Tips

Our Web site's search function employs a variety of techniques to help you make the most of your queries. In this tips section we use square brackets [ ] to signal queries, so [antitrust and litigation] is one query, while [antitrust] and [litigation] are two.

  • Exact phrases: Eliminate unnecessary search results by surrounding your search phrase with quotation marks. Placing ["project finance"] in quotes will return specific results and discard additional results that simply have the words "project" and "finance" peppered on a page.
  • Wildcard symbol: If you're not exactly sure how a piece of information you want is phrased, use the following symbol (*) as a word root expander. A search for [child*] will find not only "child," but also results with words like "children" and "childhood."

Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., Dickinson School of Law, 1980
  • B.A., History, Pennsylvania State University, Distinguished Honors, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit, 1986