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Eulanda Lynn Matthews

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Practice Areas
Litigation
Public Entity Defense
Eulanda Lynn Matthews - Partner
Contact Information
E-mail: ematthews@imwlaw.com
 

EULANDA LYNN MATTHEWS was born on July 28, 1959, in Evanston, Illinois. She moved to Los Angeles from Evanston in 1968. She became an associate with then Ivie and McNeill, Inc. in 1987.During her law school career, Ms. Matthews served as a judicial extern with the U.S. District Court, Central District of California for Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. She also served as a law clerk with the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Prior to joining Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt, Ms. Matthews served as an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. As a legal aid attorney, she represented low income, underprivileged and underrepresented individuals. Her clients included individuals who were denied public aid benefits, unemployment benefits, and Social Security benefits, discriminated against in housing and employment and/or facing an eviction. She is most proud of a case she handled that changed Illinois law providing that illegitimate children have the same right to inherit the pension benefits of a deceased parent pursuant to the equal protection clause.

Since joining Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt in 1987, she has successfully litigated cases in the areas of personal injury, contract, criminal and family law. She became a partner in January 2001. Her trial experience includes wrongful death and motor vehicle negligence cases, as well as suits involving breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Ms. Matthews has successfully argued appeals before the Second Appellate District.

In 2005, Ms. Matthews along with her partners were honored as outstanding law firm of the year, by the Corporate Minority Counsel Program.

Examples of matters that Ms. Matthews has handled in recent years include:

  • Ms. Matthews, along with partner Rickey Ivie, won a plaintiff verdict for an affordable housing non-profit corporation. Plaintiff claimed defendant breached a partnership contract and its fiduciary duty to build tax credit allocation committee multi-unit single housing units. Defendant, a for profit construction corporation, claimed there was no contract due to bilateral mistake. After a day of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict for approximately half a million dollars in favor of the plaintiff.
  • Ms. Matthews, along with partner Rickey Ivie successfully mediated a motor vehicle (bus) versus automobile accident defending a public transportation company. Liability and damages were disputed. Plaintiff alleged two back surgeries, hospitalization and rehabilitation resulting from a staph infection. Plaintiff’s demand exceeded five million dollars. Defendant disputed liability and alleged that the surgeries were unrelated to the accident. The case was favorably resolved within the self-insured retention limits.
  • Her most memorable case since joining this firm involved representing a tenant in a case against a slum landlord and recovering a verdict in excess of $15,000 for the tenant.

Bar Admission:
Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California
California Supreme Court; U.S. Supreme Court
Education:J.D., Hastings College of Law, San Francisco
B.A., UCLA, Political Science
Memberships and Community Service
 
  • Chair 47th Assembly District Education Commission (2000-2004)
  • Co-Chair of Church Council, Holman United Methodist Church (2006-2009)
  • Lay Leader, Holman United Methodist Church (2000-2004)
  • Youth Counselor, Holman United Methodist Church
  • Summer Camp Counselor, Holman United Methodist Church
  • Member of Trustees Board, Holman United Methodist Church
  • Founder, Legal Hotline Referral Service (1992)
  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Member, Loved Ones Victims Services
  • Member, Cherrywood Avenue Block Club
  • Member, Harbor Area Chapter, The Links Inc.
  • (Partial listing)

Awards and Recognition

  • Medals for successful completion of the Los Angeles Marathon (2007-2013)
  • State of California Legislature Woman of the Year 2002 (Selected by Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson)
  • Outstanding Service 2005/2006, President John M. Langston Bar Association, Commendations from

Speaker/Moderator

  • Moderator for MCLE Workshop on domestic violence restraining orders
  • Moderator for MCLE Workshop on maintaining the independence of the judiciary
  • Moderator for MCLE workshop on the use of DNA testing (The Innocence Project)
  • Moderator Law Day panel on jury duty and grand jury duty service
  • Speaker for MCLE workshop on bar association fundraising
  • Discipleship Week Instructor, Holman United Methodist Church

Professional Activities

  • President, John M. Langston Bar Association (2005)
  • Chair, 47th Assembly District Education Commission (2005)
  • President, California Association of Black Lawyers (2002-2003)
  • President, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (1997-1998)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, California Women Lawyers
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Cook County Bar Association
  • Member, Multi-cultural Bar Alliance
  • Member, UCLA Alumni Association
  • Member, UCLA Black Alumni Association

Honors and Awards

  • California Super Lawyer, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2005 – 2008
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Ones To Watch”, Labor and Employment Attorneys, 2006
  • Outstanding Young Men of America, 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • John M. Langston Bar Association, President, 2006 – 2007
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section, Member, Executive Committee, 2003 – 2006
  • California Association of Black Lawyers, Central District Representative, Member, 2004 – 2005
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member
  • John M. Langston Bar Association, Life Member, Lifetime Membership, Scholarship and Young Lawyers Committees
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Saturday Morning Seminar Committee, Member
  • National Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section, Advisor, Executive Committee
  • Greater Los Angeles Morehouse Alumni Association, Member