Julie L. Rhoades

Julie L. RhoadesAttorney Julie L. Rhoades is a native Texan who graduated cum laude from South Texas College of Law in 1988.  She was voted one of the Top Attorneys in Texas for 2018.  She recently prevailed over J&J lawyers at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in an important skirmish in  Transvaginal Mesh Litigation.  She helped Matthews & Associates Law Firm settle TVM cases for hundreds of women.  Ms. Rhoades also handles Pennsylvania Priest Abuse Lawsuits.  She has litigated abuse by clergy lawsuits since 2004.  She attended a Sept. 2018 protest at a downtown Houston Catholic church to help raise awareness and demand accountability.  She  is licensed to practice law in Texas, Pennsylvania,  and New York.

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Peer Recognition

SuperLawyers_Julie Rhoades300Attorney Julie L. Rhoades was voted one of the Top Attorneys in Texas for 2015 by Texas Monthly magazine, and she was voted a Texas Super Lawyer from 2011-2012 and 2014-2015. Super Lawyers is a creation of Thomson Reuters, which explains at SuperLawyers.com: “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”


Ms. Rhoades Julie-L-Rhoades-39 clerked for a year at the Texas Court of Appeals in Dallas. She then joined the 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. Ten years later, she joined Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Matthews and Friend, which advocated for the rights of the injured. On January 1, 2007, Ms. Rhoades joined David Matthews at his new firm, Matthews & Associates, where she continues to devote her practice to protecting the legal rights of those injured through the negligent and willful conduct of others.

Working for Individual Rights

Ms. Rhoades has also represented several people victimized in priest molestation cases. She has worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of the injured in all types of personal injury cases. She strongly believes the jury system is the truest example of democracy at work. An avid gardener and animal lover, she lives in the Meyerland area of Houston with her three Manx cats.

Areas of Practice

  • Hazardous Waste
  • Water Pollution
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • State Trial Practice
  • Animal Bites — Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability – Plaintiff
  • Property Damage – Plaintiff

  • Wrongful Death – Plaintiff
  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals & Cosmetics
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Recreational Products
  • Nursing Home Injuries

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

• Texas, 1988
• New York, 2006
• Pennsylvania, 2010
• U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
• U. S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
• U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
• U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
• U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
• U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas



•  South Texas College of Law, Houston, 1988  J.D.
•  Honors: Cum Laude
•  Honors: Member, Order of the Lytae
•  Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Western Legal Tradition
•  Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Real Property II
•  Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Marital Property
•  Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Law Office Technology
•  Honors: Recipient, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Award, 1987 – 1988
•  Law Review: South Texas Law Review, Lead Articles Editor
•  Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, 1983  B.A.

Published Works

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

• State Bar of Texas
• New York State Bar Association
• American Association for Justice
• Texas Trial Lawyers Association
• Houston Trial Lawyers Association
• Federal Bar Association
• Houston Bar Association
• Association of Women Attorneys
• Federal Bar Association GLBT Law Section

Past Employment Positions

Texas Court of Appeals, Dallas, Briefing Attorney, 1988 – 1989


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Sigma Nu Sweetheart 1983