David Matthews

David P. MatthewsAttorney David Matthews has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2017. His firm 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 Truck and Auto Accidents and natural gas fracking lawsuits. You can reach Mr. Matthews through this contact form.

Trial Experience – 22 Years

Board Certified - Texas Board of Legal SpecializationBoard Certified in 1994 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law, Mr. Matthews has taken more than 120 cases to jury verdicts. In Sept. 2014 he won a jury verdict for a Texas woman – in a case later settled – in a Dallas courtroom in a transvaginal mesh sling case. In March 2014 in Philadelphia,  he won a jury verdict  for a Wisconsin family in a Topamax birth defects 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 his firm believes to be the first fracking verdict in the country won by plaintiffs.

Peer Recognition

David Matthews is AV RatedMr. Matthews has received the premier rating in 2015 from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. Martindale.com proclaims on its web site: “The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. . . .”

David Matthews - Trial Lawyer 2015Mr. Matthews has been voted in 2015 one of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers in Texas. The National Trial Lawyers web site reports: “The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. . . “

Super Lawyers 2015 - David MatthewsMr. Matthews has also been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer – a Thomson Reuters designation – from 2003-2004 and 2006-2015. Thomson Reuters’ SuperLawyers.com web site reports, “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.”

Nationwide Representation

In 26 years of Best Lawyerslegal work, Mr. Matthews has helped injured people across the country attain some of the largest verdicts or settlements 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 eight 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 employment and civil rights cases, environmental lawsuits, toxic torts, premises liability, plant explosions, class actions (such as the hot fuel litigation), nursing home abuse, priest molestation, car and truck accidents, mesothelioma and more.

In the News

willie nelsonAttorney David Matthews 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 York 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, where he has served on the board. He loves music and counts Texas legend Willie Nelson a friend.


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

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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