Nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Steve Matthews is a highly accomplished and well-respected attorney who is widely praised by lawyers and judges alike for his intellect, integrity and measured temperament.
Mr. Matthews has been nominated to the Fourth Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Mr. Matthews has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney in the public and private sectors.
Mr. Matthews is a Shareholder at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, one of South Carolinas premier law firms.
Mr. Matthews served as Co-Managing Director of his firm from 2001 to 2004, and was the Managing Director from 2004 to 2008.
While in private practice, Mr. Matthews has worked in a diverse set of practice areas, such as municipal finance law, telecommunications, and intellectual property.
Mr. Matthews is also an accomplished litigator, having successfully argued cases in state and federal court, including the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the court to which he is nominated - the Fourth Circuit.
From 1985-1988, Mr. Matthews held a variety of high-ranking positions at the United States Department of Justice.
Mr. Matthews served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division (1985), Special Counsel to Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division (1985-1986), Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy (1986-1987), and Executive Assistant to the Attorney General (1988).
Mr. Matthews received the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for his performance as Executive Assistant to the Attorney General.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Matthews worked for the law firm of Dewey Ballantine in Washington, D.C., where he practiced corporate law for five years.
Mr. Matthews has impeccable academic credentials and professional training.
Mr. Matthews received his B.A. in History from the University of South Carolina, graduating magna cum laude in 1977.
Mr. Matthews received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980.
Mr. Matthews has been an active member of the community in both legal and non-legal capacities.
Mr. Matthews was appointed by the Attorney General of South Carolina as a special prosecutor for criminal domestic violence cases.
He served for two terms in the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates.
He is a frequent lecturer on a number of legal issues, such as municipal finance law, intellectual property and legal ethics.
He served as Chairman of the Governors South Carolina Education Reform Council.