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Lanette L. Matthews


Office: Austin
Phone: 512.439.1503
Fax: 512.831.5354

Lanette L. Matthews

Lanette is a shareholder and Director of Client Relations and Professional Development.  Prior to re-joining Cooper & Scully, she assisted in launching a national Medical Professional Liability Insurance Company and served as Vice-President of Claims and Litigation Management.  She served as a member of the company’s Executive Leadership team, built and led an in-house legal team and served on the Company’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Claims Committee.  Lanette oversaw all professional liability claims, including supervision of outside defense counsel, development of litigation strategy, and litigation management of catastrophic, high-exposure medical malpractice claims in all medical specialties. In addition to overseeing medical malpractice claims, she managed claims involving peer review, credentialing, medicare billing errors, HIPAA, EMTALA, cyber liability, and licensing board actions.  She also advised large physician practices on risk management strategies and ensured regulatory compliance in 28 states. Lanette contributed to the company’s development efforts to investors, physicians’ groups and strategic partners.

Prior to going in-house, Lanette was a shareholder with Cooper & Scully.  She joined the firm’s Dallas office in 1998.  Lanette’s practice included medical malpractice defense, defending physicians and hospitals throughout the state of Texas.  Lanette co-launched the Houston office of Cooper & Scully in 2000.  In additional to maintaining an active litigation practice, she co-managed all aspects of the Houston office, including training, recruitment, performance management and business development. 

Lanette started out her legal career as a Chief Felony Prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office in the Crimes Against Children Division.  She oversaw a team of felony prosecutors while actively prosecuting child homicides, aggravated sexual assaults and felony injuries to a child, including brain-damaged baby cases.  Lanette tried approximately 80 cases as first chair, with 100% conviction rate.    

Lanette interned for the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Judge Emilio Garza and the United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Chief Judge, Lucius D. Bunton.



Texas, 1993
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas



J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1992
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1989



International Association of Defense Counsel
Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Member, Board of Directors
Heroes for Children
Texas Children’s Hospital, Ambassador 



"Deposition of the Adjuster," 25th Annual Insurance Symposium, April 2018