Attorney Julie L. Rhoades

Attorney Julie L. Rhoades is a native Texan who graduated cum laude from South Texas College of Law in 1988.  For nearly two decades, Ms. Rhoades has actively litigated pharmaceutical drug and device cases in both state and federal courts at trial and appellate levels, including Rezulin, Fen-phen, PPA, Baycol, Serzone, Vioxx, Accutane, Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads, Trasylol, Reglan, Risperdal, Mirena, transvaginal mesh (all manufacturers), and IVC filters.  Ms. Rhoades has served on multiple expert and briefing committees for Federal Multidistrict pharmaceutical litigations and is currently on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the coordinated Rex IVC filter litigation.  She has also litigated clergy abuse lawsuits for more than a decade and is head of the firm’s clergy abuse department.  Ms. Rhoades is licensed to practice in Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York.

 Peer Recognition

Attorney Julie L. Rhoades was voted one of the top attorneys in Texas for 2015 by Texas Monthly magazine.  She was voted a Texas Super Lawyer by her peers for 2011 – 2012 and 2014 – 2019.  This honor is given to less than 5% of all attorneys in the State of Texas.


Following law school, Ms. Rhoades was honored to be selected as a briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Appeals in Dallas where she completed the one-year term.  She then joined the venerable law firm of Butler & Binion, where she successfully litigated cases for those who had been sued, including homeowners who were covered by homeowner’s insurance, doctors, hospitals and various companies.  Nine years later, she joined Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Matthews and Friend, where she advocated for the rights of the injured.  On January 1, 2007, Ms. Rhoades joined David Matthews at his new firm, Matthew & Associates, where she continues to devote her practice to protecting the rights of those injured through the negligent and willful contact of others.

Areas of Practice

  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Pharmaceutical Product Liability, Medical Drugs and Medical Devices
  • Clergy Abuse
  • Fire Damage
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Personal Injury and Property Damage
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

• Texas, 1988

• New York, 2006

• Pennsylvania, 2010

  1. S. Courts of Appeals: 5th Circuit, 6th Circuit, 10th Circuit
  2. S. District Court, Southern, Western, Northern, Eastern Districts of Texas

• U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma

  1. S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Assoc.)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association GLBT Law Section

Published Works

• HMO Liability, 15th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Court, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas, 1999


*  South Texas College of Law, Houston, 1988 J.D., cum laude

* South Texas Law Review, Lead Articles Editor

* Member:  Order of the Lytae

* Recipient:  Am. Jur. Awards in Torts I, Real Property II, Marital Property, Western Legal Tradition, and Law Office Technology

*Recipient:  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Award, 1988

* Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), 1983 B.A.


Delta Zeta Sorority

Sigma Nu Fraternity Sweetheart 1983