Eugene E. Mathews III

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Education
  • Tulane University Law School, JD, Member, Order of the Coif, 1993
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1990
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
Affiliations

Chairman, The Carver Promise. This mentoring program is aimed at increasing the educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth. The program is a partnership among Richmond City Public Schools, four area colleges and universities, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Member, Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, 1993-present, American Bar Association

Member; Environmental and Litigation Sections, Virginia Bar Association

Member; Executive Committee, Environmental Section, Bench/Bar Committee, Richmond Bar Association

Member, National Committee on University Resources, University of Virginia, 2009-present

Member, Benefactors Society Board, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia, 2008-present

Matt focuses on environmental, toxic tort, occupational safety and health (OSHA/MSHA), and land use litigation. He also has significant general commercial litigation experience, and he has represented local governments on a wide range of matters, including civil rights, tax and antitrust litigation. He has handled cases in all levels of the Virginia court system and in California, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia.

From 1993 to 1994, Matt served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Nauman S. Scott of the Western District of Louisiana.

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Defense of Smithfield Foods and its subsidiaries in numerous mass tort, class action, and environmental citizen suits in Missouri, North Carolina, Florida and Utah, relating to allegations of personal injury, property damage, and environmental degradation arising from the company’s farming operations.

Representation of DuPont in defense of an environmental civil suit brought by the Sierra Club and NRDC relating to historic mercury deposits in the South River in Virginia. Attained a unique settlement involving a six-year study of the mercury issues.

Defended and obtained a favorable settlement for a solid waste authority, a city and a county in a citizens suit asserting RCRA, CERCLA and state common law claims alleging that a municipal landfill violated solid waste management statutes and regulations, and that landfill operations injured their property.

Representation of a group of agricultural concerns, challenging a county’s ban on the land application of biosolids. The Virginia Supreme Court overturned the trial court’s decision and sustained our client’s challenge striking down the local law.

Defense of Waste Management in a number of land use, environmental and permitting claims concerning the development of a major port for the transshipment of municipal solid waste from barges to a nearby regional landfill. All of these claims were defeated at the trial court level and sustained on appeal.

Defense of a joint state/federal criminal and civil investigation of an international food processing company for allegations related to purported failure to report air and water discharges of hazardous substances. Worked cooperatively with state and federal investigators and no criminal charges or civil penalties were issued.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2017

Co-author, "Occupational Safety and Health," Chapter in Employment Law in Virginia, Virginia Law Foundation, 1995-present