October CLE Luncheon ID=4119 (4)


Sidney Matthew

Topic:   Professionalism and Standards of Pro-Conduct

Sidney Lewis Matthew is a solo trial lawyer, author and filmmaker. This is Mr. Matthew's 40th
year practicing law in Tallahassee Florida. In his formative years, Matthew handled civil rights
cases. His first trial was second chair with noted civil rights lawyer Toby Simon in the landmark
decision by Jacksonville District Judge Charles R. Scott placing the entire Florida prison system
under federal court jurisdiction which lasted 20 years. Since that time, Matthew has primarily
handled catastrophic Plaintiff civil damages cases in Florida and surrounding states. He was
appointed by Eastern Virginia District Judge Robert R. Merhige as co-lead Plaintiffs' counsel in
the $4 Billion Dalkon Shield bankruptcy class-action settlement cases in 1984. Matthew was
recognized in 1999 with The Florida Bar "Pro Bono" Service Award. In 2000 and 2016
Matthew was elected president of the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial
Advocates (ABOTA). He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the 8,000 trial
lawyers in the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar. His areas of practice include General
Civil Litigation; Accidental Death, Career Service; Products Liability; Medical Malpractice; and
Torts. Mr. Matthew attended the University of Tennessee and the University of South Florida
completing his BA in 1972 in Psychology and Economics and received his JD from Florida State
University School of Law in 1974. Mr. Matthew is married with three children, four
grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Matthew’s interests and activities include people,
travel, history, creative writing, book publishing, film production, cuisine and golf.