Attorney David Matthews

David P. Matthews David Matthews has focused on pharmaceutical law for more than 15 years. With 75 employees, his firm aggressively represents victims of dangerous drugs and medical devices, a well as personal injury cases that include GM Recalls.

In the News

Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Mr. Matthews has taken more than 120 cases to jury verdicts, most recently a March 2014 Topamax case in Philadelphia in which he won a $3 million jury verdict for a Wisconsin family.  He has been featured in Mother Jones Magazine, on CNN and Dateline MSNBC, and interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) and several other nationwide outlets. His legal expertise has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal,  New willie nelsonYork Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, the UK’s Daily Mail and many other publications. He counts music legend Willie Nelson a friend.

Peer Recognition

Mr. Matthews has been voted one of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers as well as a Super Lawyer for ten years, and has the premier rating in Martindale-Hubbel.

Trial Lawyers ButtonIn 25 years of legal work, Mr. Matthews has helped injured people attain some of the largest verdicts or settlements in the country in pharmaceutical litigation against the makers of such drugs as Phen-Fen, Rezulin, Vioxx and Bextra-Celebrex.  He worked 18 years as a partner in the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, the last seven as head of Matthews & Associates, with offices in Houston and New York City. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York, Mississippi and Pennsylvania.

Other Litigation

Mr. Matthews has also handled employment and civil rights cases, environmental lawsuits, toxic torts, premises liability cases, plant explosions, class actions (such as the hot fuel litigation), nursing home abuse, priest molestation, car and truck accidents, mesothelioma and more.

Certification/Specialties

Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1988; Mississippi, 2004; New York, 2004; Pennsylvania,  2009; U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2007; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1996; U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1993; U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1990; U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2005; U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1988 J.D.
Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards: Property, Civil Procedure
Law Review: South Texas College Law Review, Assistant Editor, 1988
Law Review: South Texas Law Review, Comment Editor
University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1984 B.A.

Published Works

“Self Insureds and Non-Subscribing Suing and Defending,” Damage Control Institute, 1997
“New Horizons in Damages,” Damage Control Institute, 1997

Classes/Seminars Taught

Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law

Honors and Awards

Texas Super Lawyers (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Professional Associations and Memberships

Texas Bar Foundation Member
Houston Bar Association Member
American Bar Association Member
State Bar of Texas Member
Houston Young Lawyers Association Member
Texas Trial Lawyers Association Associate Director
American Board of Trial Advocates Member
American Association of Justice

Language

Spanish
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