Elizabeth Matthews

Elizabeth Matthews
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc.

Elizabeth Matthews is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. in Houston. She is responsible for directing the legal affairs of the company, including transactional, litigation, compliance, intellectual property and environmental matters. She leads a team of twenty professionals, including attorneys, paralegals, compliance personnel and administrative staff. She chairs the Total US Ethics Committee and US Women’s Network.

Prior to joining Total in 2013, Ms. Matthews was a member of the legal team at Chevron for eleven years where she worked in a number of different business units, including Global Downstream, Corporation Law, Energy Technology and Global Drilling and Completions.

During the early part of her career, Matthews worked in Washington, D.C. for two major law firms – Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP and Dickstein Shapiro LLP. She also served as a federal law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

Matthews graduated with honors from Yale University with a humanities and history major in 1992 and earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1995.

Matthews is a Board member of the Texas General Counsel Forum and the Harvard Law School Club of Houston. She serves on the Advisory Council and is a past President of the Women’s Energy Network. She is past President of the American Petroleum Labor Lawyer’s Association and a member of the Association of Corporate Council. .

She is actively involved in giving back to her community and serves as the Founder and President of the Texas Sage Chapter of the National Charity League.

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