Melissa Dorman Matthews


Melissa Dorman Matthews focuses her practice on professional liability, product liability, employment, personal injury, commercial litigation, and premises liability. Melissa has over 27 years of experience, and has tried cases all over Texas and beyond. She has extensive first-chair trial experience representing a broad spectrum of industries, including drug and medical device, automotive, and heavy equipment manufacturers. She also counsels clients in product defect cases, class actions, attorney-client disputes, business and employment disputes, and personal injury matters. Melissa earned her law degree from Texas Tech University and her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University.

Licensed In

  • New Mexico
  • Texas


  • J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law
  • B.S. Texas Christian University


  • Past Vice-Chair of the State Bar of Texas standing committee on the Council of Chairs
  • Texas Bar Foundation Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Past Chair, State Bar of Texas, Women and the Law Section; Council Member since 2005
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Women Lawyers
  • Past President, El Paso Women’s Bar Association
  • Past Chair, State Bar of Texas Council of Chairs (2015-2016)
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, DRI Women in the Law Fairness and Equity in Compensation Task Force
  • Member, Trial Attorneys of America, 2012-present
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion for the IADC Product Liability Committee
  • 2020-2022 Professional Liability Roundtable Chair, IADC
  • Board of Directors, Recovery Resource Council
  • 2022-2025 Audit Committee Member, IADC


  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked, The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers for 2012
  • Texas Top-Rated Lawyers by ALM, 2012
  • Recognized among Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Stars by Thompson Reuters (2007)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Corporate Counsel Futurecast: How Trends Today Will Shape Tomorrow’s Legal Practice,” 51st Trial Attorneys of America Annual Meeting, June 9, 2022
  • “The Next Normal: Emerging Trends in a Post-COVID World,” IADC Professional Liability Roundtable, May 12, 2022
  • “What’s Trending? Stay Ahead of the Curve with the Latest Trends, Tips, and Significant Cases in Professional Liability,” IADC Southwest Regional Meeting, April 2022
  • DRI Women in the Law Conference, “Owning Your Worth: How to Think about Salary, Negotiating Your Next Raise, and Why it Matters,” January 28, 2022

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