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Judge Sylvia Matthews   

Sylvia Matthews has served the citizens of Harris County as a judge since December 2008. She served for 10 years as judge of the 281st District Court and then in 2019 began service as a visiting judge.  By appointment, she currently presides over five MDLs, one of which is for cases alleging that the wrongful conduct of ERCOT and other defendants caused power shortages and electrical outages during Winter Storm Uri.  She also sits as a visiting judge around the State.  

Before joining the bench, Judge Matthews was a partner in the litigation section of Andrews Kurth, LLP.  She had more than 20 years of civil trial experience and litigated a diverse docket of cases, including complex business litigation as well as personal injury cases.  
She is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center teaching trial advocacy.  Her fellow district judges elected her to serve for two years as the Administrative Judge for the Civil Division of Harris County District Judges.  In 2018, she received the HBA President’s Award for exemplary service and leadership through Hurricane Harvey. 

She is a past president of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS) and is a 2005 alumna of Leadership Texas, the longest-running leadership program for women in the United States.

Judge Matthews is a 1986 graduate of 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 in mathematics, cum laude, from The College of Charleston.  Judge Matthews enjoys running, cooking, architecture, and spending time with her family.    

Updated:  7/22/21

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