G. Fred Metos has been engaged in the practice of criminal defense law since he graduated from the University Of Utah S.J. Quinney College Of Law in 1978. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for over twenty-five years and in the Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine since 2007. He is listed in Martindale Hubble’s AV Preeminent Lawyers, as a lawyer who has earned the highest rating for both legal ability and ethical standards. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award given by the Federal Bar Association for the United States District Court for the District of Utah.
Mr. Metos has extensive experience and expertise in both the State and Federal Courts. Before entering private practice, he worked at the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association, a non-profit organization that is appointed by the court to represent indigent defendants in criminal matters in Salt Lake County. Mr. Metos left the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association in 1983 and became a partner at Yengich, Xiax, Rich & Metos. Since 1991 Mr. Metos has been a sole practitioner. His clientele includes people charged with all levels of offenses in the criminal justice system. Those cases include complex white collar crimes, racketeering, homicide, drug offenses, domestic violence, DUIs and local misdemeanors. Mr. Metos represents clients at both trial and appellate levels. He has published numerous articles and lectured in both those areas.
Mr. Metos was one of the founders and the first president of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has served on the Board of Directors of that organization and of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Metos was the Utah State Bar Association representative on the Utah State Sentencing Commission from 1997 to 2005.
He also served on the Utah Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure. He is currently a member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee for the United States District Court for the District of Utah.