Provost Umphrey congratulates Matthew Matheny on being named 2015 Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year.
Dean Brad Toben surprised Matthew and his wife Julia Matheny with his award of Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year Thursday, June 18 at the Baylor Law Alumni Reception held in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.
Matheny joined Provost Umphrey Law Firm immediately after graduating from Baylor Law, and he has represented clients in an array of areas since. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has worked with clients from multiple states across the country. Matheny currently serves as the lead counsel in the NFL Concussion Litigation on behalf of Provost Umphrey.
As a young lawyer, Matheny has been recognized for his accomplishments on many occasions. He has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. This honor is given to Texas’ top up-and-coming lawyers by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers.
Also among Matheny’s honors are: The AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martin-Hubbell, the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards; The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Houston’s Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine; Top 40 Under 40, Beaumont Enterprise; The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40; and The Best Lawyers in America, US News.
Outside of the office, Matthew is a dedicated husband to fellow Baylor Lawyer, Julia, and father of two. Matheny volunteers with Operation Orphan, serves as a volunteer judge for Evelyn Lord Teen Court program, and gives his time to a slew of other organizations as well.
Matheny follows in the footsteps of his father, Mike, who has been an attorney in Beaumont for 50 years and served as a judge for four years. Matheny’s mother, Sarah, taught at Lamar University for 40 years, and aided in his decision to attend a liberal arts school for his undergraduate education. He credits his parents with always supporting him.
The Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year Award is given to an outstanding alumnus/a who has brought honor and distinction to the Law School and to the legal profession. The recipient must not reach age 41 before Jan. 1 of the award year. Recipients are selected based upon the following criteria:
- Legal ability and achievements as a lawyer
- Contributions to the legal profession
- Standing in the profession
- Christian character
- Civic, religious, and other attainments
- Active interest in Baylor Law School