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I have been honored to serve as judge of the 281st district court since 2008. During my time on the bench, I have served with diligence and a strong work ethic. I strive to follow the law and to rule consistent with justice and fairness. In 2016 and again in 2017, I was elected by my peers to serve as the Administrative Judge of the Harris County Board of Civil Judges. In addition to leadership opportunities, I volunteer to plan and speak at educational programs for lawyers and judges. I enjoy my service to the citizens of Harris County.

Before coming to the bench, I had more than 20 years of trial experience and was a partner in the litigation section of Andrews Kurth. I was elected in 2010 to a four-year term and re-elected in 2014.

Before the November 2014 election, I was honored to have endorsements from a variety of organizations including: The Houston Chronicle, The Jewish Herald-Voice, The "C" Club, The Houston Realty Business Coalition, The Houston Police Officers' Union, and the Association of Women Attorneys (among others). 

Thank you for your support.


Judge Sylvia Matthews
281st District Court



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"Judge Matthews is a natural in the courtroom.  During the trial when I served as a juror, she had control of the courtroom, had an excellent judicial demeanor, and made good, solid rulings." 

John Schmid, Former Federal Prosecutor and           Former Juror in the 281st

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