The Honorable Sylvia A. Matthews

MDL District Court Harris County District Courts, Department 17th Floor


The Hon. Sylvia A. Matthews is a judge of the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) District Court in Harris County, Texas. She has served as a judge since 2008: 10 years as judge of the 281st District Court, and then on four MDL panels or dockets involving alleged underpayment of insurance claims. She sits as a visiting judge around the state. Matthews lost in the general election on November 6, 2018.
Matthews attended The University of South Carolina School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review, the Moot Court Bar, and the National Moot Court Team. She earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from The College of Charleston, majoring in mathematics.
Matthews was a litigator at Andrews Kurth, LLP, handling complex business litigation as well as personal injury cases. She is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Matthews also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching trial advocacy.
She currently serves as President for the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.
Matthews enjoys running, cooking, architecture, and spending time with her family.
She is a Republican.

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