Melissa Dorman Matthews


Melissa is the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Partner, and represents clients in professional liability, product liability, employment, personal injury, commercial litigation and premises liability matters. She defends drug and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, and heavy equipment manufacturers. She has extensive experience representing a broad spectrum of industries and clients in attorney-client disputes, business and employment disputes, personal injury cases, and product defect cases.  Melissa has gained extensive first-chair trial experience over her 27 years of practice, and has tried cases all over Texas and beyond.  She has always been a champion of retaining and promoting women in law, and is spearheading the firm’s diversity and inclusion program by focusing the firm’s efforts on hiring, training, and retention initiatives.


Telephone: 214.346.3771
Fax: 214.267.4271
8750 N. Central Expy.
Suite 1600
Dallas, Texas 75231

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education
    Texas Tech University, J.D. 1994
    Texas Christian University, B.S. 1989
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    State Bar of Texas
    State Bar of New Mexico
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Honors & Awards
    • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Outstanding Young Lawyer of El Paso, El Paso Bar Association (1998-1999)
    • Recognized among Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Stars by Thompson Reuters (2007)
    • Texas Top-Rated Lawyers by ALM, 2012
    • Selected for the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers for 2012
    • Appointed Vice-Chair of the State Bar of Texas standing committee on Council of Chairs
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, by Woodward/White, Inc. (2022)
    • Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion for the IADC Product Liability Committee (2021-2022)
  • Professional Affiliations & Activities
    • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
    •Recovery Resource Council, Trial Attorneys of America, 2017
    • Member, Trial Attorneys of America, 2012-present
    • Dallas Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Texas Women Lawyers
    • Dallas Women Lawyers
    • Past Chair, State Bar of Texas, Women and the Law Section; Council Member since 2005
    • El Paso Women's Bar Association; Past President
    • Chair, State Bar of Texas Council of Chairs (2015-2016)
    • Board of Directors, Recovering Resource Council

"If you do good work, good work will come to you."

Melissa in Motion

Melissa and her husband, Randy, have two dogs who are complete maniacs (but a lot of fun), a Giant Schnauzer named Bode and an Airedale Terrier named Wolfy.  She is an avid TCU fan but roots for her husband’s Baylor Bears as long as they aren’t playing TCU. They enjoy tailgating at Baylor football games in their motorhome, and look forward to exploring the United States as time and work schedules allow.  Melissa recently completed an intensive four-day legendary Driving School at the Foretravel factory in Nacogdoches, and is ready to hit the road.