David Matthews

David P. Matthews Attorney David Matthews has focused on pharmaceutical drug and medical device law for more than 15 years. His firm aggressively represents victims of dangerous drugs and medical devices, a well as personal injury cases that include GM Recalls. You can reach Mr. Matthews through this contact form.

In the News

Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Mr. Matthews has taken more than 120 cases to jury verdicts, most recently in Sept. 2014 when he won a $73.4 Million verdict (lowered by tort reform to $32 million and now on appeal; so no recoveries have been made despite the verdict) in Dallas for a Texas woman in a transvaginal mesh sling case. In March 2014 in Philadelphia,  he won a jury verdict  for a Wisconsin family in a Topamax case later settled for a confidential sum. In 2014 he also helped a Texas family win a jury verdict – on appeal, so no recoveries have been made by plaintiffs despite the verdict – in what we believe to be the first fracking verdict in the country won by plaintiffs.  Mr. Matthews 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. Married for 25 years, he is a father of five who contributes to several charities, including Human Rights First. He loves music and counts Texas 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. He has received the premier rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings, an objective indicator that a lawyer has received from his peers, other members of the bar and judiciary, the highest rating for ethical standards and professional ability.

Trial Lawyers ButtonIn 26 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, though he prosecutes cases nationwide.

Other Litigation

Mr. Matthews has also handled TBLS-Logo-tag-Remployment 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.


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


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


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