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Mr. Matthews is a native of the New Orleans area. He grew up on the Westbank, and graduated from West Jefferson Senior High School in 2001. After high school, Mr. Matthews joined the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter technician where he served honorably as a Corporal from 2001-2006. His service included a tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Matthews received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy from Tulane University in 2008. He then received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2011. During law school, he was a judicial extern to Judge John T. Noonan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also served as a board member and web designer for the Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy, and served in the same capacities for the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law. After graduating from law school, Mr. Matthews was an associate at Liskow and Lewis in the firm’s New Orleans office and was a member of the firm’s energy litigation and commercial litigation sections. While at Liskow and Lewis Mr. Matthews defended a major oil company in claims arising out of a well blowout and the sinking of a semi-submersible drilling rig that caused 11 deaths and a catastrophic oil spill. He also defended a major oil company from land owners who sought billions of dollars in damages from alleged oilfield contamination resulting from decades of oil and gas production.




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Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 75%
    4 years, 175 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    4 years, 250 cases
  3. Appeals: 10%
    4 years, 15 cases



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Contact info

The Law Firm of Jerome W. Matthews, Jr., LLC

643 Magazine st
Suite 102
New Orleans, LA, 70130


LAEligible to practice law201111/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100Top 100 Trial Lawyers2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top ContributorAVVO2014
H.L. Hillblom FellowshipUniversity of California, Berkeley, School of Law2008
Dean's FellowshipUniversity of California, Berkeley, School of Law2008
Collegiate Achievment AwardTulane University2006
Certificate of CommendationUnited States Marine Corps2004
Meritorious MastUnited States Marine Corps2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Firm of Jerome W. Matthews, Jr., LLC2013 - Present
ProfessorOur Lady of Holy Cross College2013 - Present
AssociateLiskow and Lewis2011 - 2013
Summer Law ClerkJones Walker Waechter Poitevent Carrere & Denegre2010 - 2010
Summer Law ClerkBarrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver2010 - 2010
Externship with Judge John NoonanUnited States Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit2009 - 2009
Intern InvestigatorOrleans Public Defenders2007 - 2008
Primary Marksmanship InstructorUnited States Marine Corps2003 - 2006
Avionics Electrical TechnicianUnited States Marine Corps2001 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Jefferson Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Bar Association for the Federal Fifth CircuitMember2011 - Present
New Orleans Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet SocietyMember2011 - Present
National Bar Association chapterMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. APCharges reduced to Poss of Marijuana 1st offense - 1 year inactive probation
State v. AJrefused
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law Tip of the DayWhat to do if you're stopped by the police2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
Tulane UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2008
Our Lady of Holy Cross CollegeN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Political ScienceAmerican Government2014
Criminal JusticeJudicial Process2014
Political ScienceConstitutional Law2013