1900 Barnwell Street
Columbia, SC 29201
P.O. Drawer 7788
Columbia, SC 29202
Administrative and Regulatory Law
Civil Rights Litigation
Furman University (B.A., summa cum
Yale University (M.A., 1989)
University of Virginia (J.D., 1995)
Legislative Aide, U.S. Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr. (SC-5th) (1986-87)
Central Intelligence Agency (1988-93)
U.S. Naval Reserve (1989-Present)
Associate, Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP (1995-99)
Deputy Director for Labor, S.C. Dept. of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (1999-2000)
General Counsel and Deputy Director, S.C. Dept. of Public Safety (2000-2004)
Certified by S.C. Supreme Court as Mediator, Arbitrator and Specialist in Employment and Labor Law
1995, South Carolina
1995, North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
Captain, U.S. Naval Reserves
House of Delegates (2006-Present), South Carolina Bar
Chairman (2005-2007), Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Publications Committee, South Carolina Bar
Chairman (2004), Employment and Labor Law Section Council,
South Carolina Bar
Awards & Recognitions
2014-2009 Named South Carolina Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law
Named 2012 Leadership in Law Recipient by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly
Eugene H. Matthews joined Richardson Plowden in March 2004 as special counsel in the Columbia office and was elected shareholder in December 2005. He heads the firm's employment law practice group.
In addition to employment law, Mr. Matthews also concentrates
his practice in the areas of administrative and regulatory
law, civil rights litigation, and
appellate litigation. Certified by the S.C. Supreme Court
as a specialist in employment and labor law, he has extensive
experience advising clients and litigating claims concerning
a variety of employment and other business, administrative, and appellate
issues. He also has significant experience as a state government
executive and in-house General Counsel. Mr. Matthews is a
member of the North Carolina Bar and South Carolina Bar, represents clients in both states, and received the highest rating, "AV," in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.
Mr. Matthews' experience includes:
He has held various leadership roles at the South Carolina Bar. In 2004, he served as chairman of the SC Bar's Employment & Labor Law Council. He currently serves on the SC Bar's CLE Committee and is an elected member of the SC Bar's House of Delegates.
- Litigating Title VII and other federal and state employment claims (discrimination, harassment, retaliation); "restrictive covenant" issues such as trade secret, non-competition and non-solicitation claims; wage and hour claims; FMLA and benefits claims; employee handbook claims; teacher and state employee grievances and employment contract claims; civil rights issues, such as fair housing, First Amendment retaliation and 42 USC § 1983 claims.
- Serving as General Counsel and Deputy Director for the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) from 2000 to 2004.
- Serving as Deputy Director for Labor for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (LLR) from 1999 to 2000, where he was primarily responsible for enforcing the state's wage payment laws, administering the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) programs, and managing the state's labor mediation and migrant labor programs.
- Routinely representing clients before LLR's professional licensing boards and other state administrative agencies.
- Routinely representing clients in state, federal and administrative appeals.
- Frequently lecturing and writing on employment and labor issues, and hosting the firm's annual seminar on employment and labor law.
A summa cum laude graduate of Furman University, Mr.
Matthews received his master of arts in international relations
from Yale University and his juris doctor from the University
of Virginia. Prior to practicing law, he served as an intelligence
officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. Since 1989, he
also has served as an intelligence officer in the United States
Navy Reserve. He currently holds the rank of Navy Captain in the United States Navy Reserve. He served on active duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and in Iraq during Operation New Dawn from 2010 to 2011.