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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.

Memberships & Awards

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)
Past Vice-Chair of the State Bar of Texas standing committee on 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

Work Experience

2022 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2001-2022 Hartline Barger LLP, founding chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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