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2015 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year

Matthew Matheny (JD '03)

Matt Matheny

Baylor Law congratulates Matthew Matheny (JD '03) on being named 2015 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year.

Dean Brad Toben surprised Matt with the 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. Matt’s wife Julia Matheny (JD '04) and his parents were in attendance at the reception to share in Matt’s surprise.

“I was surprised to see my parents walk into the banquet room when Dean Toben called my name because I sincerely did not know the award was being presented or that I was even considered," said Matheny. "I was delighted that I could share this award with them. Without my parents guidance, my wife’s support and the opportunities given to my at the Provost Umphrey Law Firm by Walter Umphrey and the partners, I certainly would not be in this position."

Matheny joined Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont 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. He is also a Liftime Member of the Baylor Law Alumni Association.

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.

“Matt is an outstanding example of a Baylor Lawyer. He is a top-notch trial lawyer; he is dedicated to serving others; and he is a devoted husband and loving father of two," said Dean Brad Toben. “We are honored to name Matt as the 2015 Baylor Lawyer of the Year."

“I am so honored to be recognized as the 2015 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year," said Matheny. “The foundation of my law practice was the training I received at the Baylor Law School. I am thankful to have been nominated and grateful to have been selected. I hold the law school and my fellow Baylor lawyers in the highest esteem, to be honored by them with this award is a distinction that is incredibility humbling."

“I will use this honor as continued motivation to practice law the Baylor way; with preparation, dedication, professionalism, and compassion," said Matheny.

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
Past Recipients
2014 Libby King

2013 Robert Little

2012 Vincent Allen

2011 Shannon Sedgwick Davis

2009 Keith Langston

2008 Bryan Hughes

2007 Christopher Martin

2006 Bryan Blevins

2005 Greg Jackson

2004 JoAl Cannon Sheridan

2003 Julie Springer

2002 Amos Mazzant

2001 Jim Dunnam

2000 Craig Eiland

1999 John Meredith

1998 Dan Malone

1997 Bill Jones

1996 Kirk Watson

1995 Priscilla Owen

To nominate a Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year, please email the below information to: Berkley Knas. Nominations are accepted all year. Announcement is made at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in June.

Nominee's Name

Reasons Nominee is a Qualified Recipient (please refer to criteria above)

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