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David P. Matthews

Attorney David Matthews has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He has represented victims of dangerous medical devices such as IVC filters, and drugs such as Invokana for more than two decades. He also represents survivors of Clergy Abuse across the country. He and his firm also represent victims of the latest California wildfires. He also works in Roundup cancer litigation, hernia mesh lawsuits, talcum powder cancer, and chlorpyrifos pesticide birth defects cases.

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A Long Record of Success & Recognition

Voted one of the Best Lawyers in America by his peers since 2016, Mr. Matthews has taken more than 125 cases to a jury verdict. In Oct. 2019, he won a $34 million verdict* in Philadelphia on a medical device case. May 2018, he won a $1.2 million verdict* in an IVC filter case for a Texas man. In Sept. 2014 he won a $73 million verdict* for a Texas woman in a Dallas courtroom in a transvaginal mesh sling case. In March 2014 in Philadelphia, he won a $3 million verdict* for a Wisconsin family in a Topamax birth defects case.

* Previous results don’t guarantee future case results: each must be litigated according to its own facts.

Personal Courtroom Experience

“When the judge read the verdict in Martha Salazar’s case, and we learned the jury ordered [the medical device maker] to pay Martha over $76 million dollars, we knew they believed every word she said. We realized they knew that defendant truly was reckless by selling an untested and defective medical device, and they believed in us and believed in our case. Martha and I both cried. She won’t entirely have her health back, but some healing had begun.” – David Matthews

Peer Recognition

Mr. Matthews has received the premier rating in 2018 from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. 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. . . .”

Mr. Matthews has been voted in 2018 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. . .”

Mr. Matthews has also been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer – a Thomson Reuters designation – from 2003-2004 and 2006-2019. 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 30+ years Nationwideof legal 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

Attorney 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 local, national, and international charities, including Human Rights First, where he also serves 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 David P. Matthewsand 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