Town Justice Paula C. Metzler

Paula Metzler, Town JusticeJudge 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 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.

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 that 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 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.