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Alvin Mathews spends a great deal of time providing preventive consultation and advisory opinions to Ohio lawyers, including solo practitioners, law firms, in-house counsel and governmental lawyers on legal ethics issues, defense of lawyer discipline complaints and on various litigation matters. He also provides expert witness opinions on lawyer professional conduct issues in litigation. Al represents businesses and individual licensees in litigation before administrative agencies, state professional licensing boards and courts.

Representative Experience


  • Reviewing, evaluating and responding to hundreds of legal ethics complaints as defense counsel and as a prosecutor, including representation of lawyers in over 70 formal disciplinary cases, arguing over 20 lawyer discipline cases in the Ohio Supreme Court

  • Bar admissions advice and representation for law students/graduates, including law school and bar applications, character and fitness interviews and Ohio Supreme Court proceeding

  • Expert witness testimony on legal ethics issues in litigation, including disqualification, liability and ethical responsibility and legal fees

  • Unauthorized practice of law representation of individuals and business entities

  • Litigation before administrative agencies, state professional licensing boards and courts

  • Representing law firms in litigation, including malpractice claims


Public Service


  • Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 1991-1997

  • Assistant Ohio Attorney General, 1989-1991

  • Assistant County Prosecutor, Montgomery County Ohio, 1987-1989



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Practice areas


  1. Ethics: 80%
    25 years, 80 cases
  2. Litigation: 20%
    29 years

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  • Nouvelle Licheleka Gonzalo

    Attorney Mathews is absolutely superb. If you want excellent legal counsel to steer your practice in the right direction, then meeting with Attorney Matthews is the way to go. He is knowledgeable, respectful, and provides excellent assistance to law firm leaders to ensure your firm is current on the latest in attorney ethics requirements.


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  • Sam Shihab

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Alvin is a excellent lawyer with great temperament and knowledge. I recommend him without hesitation.


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Contact info

James E. Arnold & Associate, LPA

115 W. Main Street
Columbus, OH, 43215


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALane, Alton & Horst LLC1997 - 2007
Assistant Disciplinary CounselSupreme Court of Ohio1991 - 1997
Assistant Attorney GeneralState of Ohio1989 - 1991
Assistant ProsecutorMontgomery County, Ohio1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Professional Responsibility LawyersMemberN/A
Miami University Alumni AssociationDirector2005 - 2009
Ohio Bar Association, Council of DelegatesMember2004 - 2006
Columbus Bar Association, Judicial Screening CommitteeMember2003 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Disciplinary Counsel v. CampbellN/A
Disciplinary Counsel v. HarperN/A
Medina County Bar v. CarlsonN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly"On Selling or Purchasing a Law Practice,”2008
Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly“On The Virtues Of Written Conflict of Interest Waivers”2007
Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly“Rectifying Client Fraud,”2007
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys JournalLegal Malpractice in Ohio: The Defense Perspective2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Miami University of OhioN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Lawyer TrainingLegal Ethics2008
Ohio Insurance Bad FaithLegal Ethics2007
Ethics, Professionalism & Substance AbuseUpdate on Professional Conuct Rules2007