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Attorney Matt Strauser joined the firm in 2021 after clerking for the Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Honorable Mary Jane Hall and the Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones of the Norfolk Circuit Court. Working in the judicial system showed him how a devoted and zealous advocate makes the difference between success and failure in a case, especially when injury victims and their families face large corporate interests who want to deny them justice.
Growing up, Matt learned about the law from his dad, a professor who frequently testifies as an expert witness for plaintiffs’ attorneys representing injury victims. Matt understood early on that trial lawyers represented individuals against powerful, well-funded opponents. In addition, his family had a traumatic experience dealing with toxic mold in their home that made his brother sick and left the family stranded for months. These encounters solidified Matt’s desire to work in an area of law that could help people going through similarly difficult situations.
Matt graduated summa cum laude from William & Mary Law School in 2019. In law school, Matt served as the President of the school’s National Trial Team taught by Jeffrey Breit and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers for exceptional oral advocacy after winning numerous trial competitions throughout the country. Matt also earned several awards for professionalism, writing ability, and service to the law school community.
Matt remains committed to community involvement through his membership in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Richmond Bar Association, and the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court. Before law school, Matt graduated cum laude from Princeton and then joined the Mississippi Teacher Corps where he taught history in a high-poverty high school. He and his wife, Jessie, an attorney who represents people with disabilities, live in Richmond with their two spoiled black labs, Ada and Louise.
- J.D., William & Mary Law School (2019), summa cum laude
- M.A., University of Mississippi (2016)
- B.A., Princeton (2014), cum laude
- Clerk for the Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (2020-2021)
- Clerk for the Honorable Mary Jane Hall and the Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones of the Norfolk Circuit Court (2019-2020)
- Summer Associate with Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, St. Louis, Missouri (2018)
- Summer Judicial Intern for the Honorable Michael J. Reagan, U.S. District Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2017)
- Teacher with the Mississippi Teacher Corps (2014-2016)
Honors & Awards
- President of National Trial Team, William & Mary Law School (2018-2019)
- Symposium Editor for the William & Mary Law Review (2018-19)
- Inductee, Order of the Barristers (2019)
- Order of the Coif (2019)
- Gambrell Professionalism Award (2019)
- Dean’s Certificate (recognizing service to the Law School) (2019)
- National Sports Law Student Writing Competition Winner (2018)
- Dean’s Legal Writing Award (top three 1L Legal Writing students) (2017)
- Mississippi Teachers Corps, Value Added Award (2016)
- Mississippi Teachers Corps, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (2016)
- Virginia Trial Lawyer Association, member
- Richmond Bar Association, member
- American Association for Justice, member
- Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court, member
- Matthew Strauser & Noah Chauvin, Student Athlete Employee Speech, 20 Va. Sports & Ent. L.J. (forthcoming 2021).
- Matt Strauser, Let the Kids Play: How College Athletes Can Use California’s Prohibition on Noncompete Clauses to Circumvent the NCAA’s Year-in-Residence Rule, 27 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports L.J. 1 (2020).
- Matthew Strauser, Upon Further Review: Reconsidering Clarett and Player Access to the NFL, 29 Marq. Sports L. Rev. 247 (2018).