Attorney Douglas Mena is of-counsel to Matthews & Associates. He grew up in Houston, Texas as the only child in a family of entrepreneurs. Watching his parents grow their business from the ground up taught him integrity, work ethic, ambition and compassion. After his aspirations of a professional baseball career were suddenly ended due to injury, Doug nevertheless received a full athletic and academic scholarship to St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance before attending and graduating from South Texas College of Law for his law degree. Doug was a member of the Board of Advocates, the varsity travelling team for mock trial and the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for academics, Phi Kappa Phi. Doug is currently licensed to practice law in all Texas State Courts, all Texas Federal Courts and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States.Meet the Team
For the last eleven years Doug has primarily focused on litigating personal injury cases with a specialization in catastrophic events and injuries. He began his career defending corporate clients in the 2005 BP explosion in Texas City. Since then, he has been an integral part of the trial teams for several multi-million dollar cases ranging from downhole casing failures and blowouts in the Eagleford Shale to a disastrous crane collapse in Houston, Texas.
In 2016, after becoming the youngest partner in a national trial firm, Doug knew it was time to take the skills he had learned and the experience he had harnessed to help those who could not help themselves against the large corporations that he used to defend. He has continued to try cases and hone his skills in the courtroom because that is the only way to hold companies accountable for taking advantage of and harming the people and the communities they are supposed to serve. Doug believes the 7th Amendment, which allows trial by jury, is one of the most important tenets given to us by our founding fathers because it allows all people, not just the richest or the largest corporations, to have a voice.
Areas of Practice
Since becoming an attorney for the people, Doug was, among other things, involved in lawsuits filed against Mentor Worldwide for their part in harming innocent women after being implanted with mesh products which caused horrifying side effects included serious internal infection and organ perforation. Additionally, Doug practices in the following areas:
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability including Medical Products & Devices
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Wrongful Death
- Workplace Injuries
- Automotive Defects
- Dram Shop Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
Doug is proud to currently be a part of the trial team seeking justice for the victims of the horrific Camp Fire in northern California which has become the deadliest and most costly wildfire in California history.
Legal Awards and Distinctions
Doug has been designated as a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers since 2014 which recognizes only the top 2.5% of all attorneys who are under the age of 40 or who have been practicing for less than 10-years. Since 2017 Doug has been honored as a “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers, as a “10 Best” in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, as a “Top 10 Under 40 in Texas” by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and as one of the “Top Personal Injury Lawyers in Houston” by Houstonia Magazine.