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 2016. She recently prevailed over Johnson & Johnson lawyers at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in an important skirmish in national Transvaginal Mesh Litigation.

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, Texas, 1988
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, Texas, 1983

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

Past Employment Positions

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


Delta Zeta
Sigma Nu Sweetheart 1983

•  Attorney Julie Rhoades

Julie Rhoades beats J&J in Mesh Skirmish