Skilled Litigation

Built On Efficiency And Technology
Skilled Litigation
Built On Efficiency And Technology

Matthew W. Pryor

  • Partner






Matthew W. Pryor was the Managing Partner at Pujol, Pryor & Irwin. Born on July 18, 1969, to a naval officer, Matthew spent his childhood traveling around the world from one duty port to another. The vastness of his experience, and coming from a family to whom service to our country was paramount (grandfather a WWI veteran, father a 40-year Naval officer, and brother a 20-year Air Force office-holder), has shaped Matthew's career to service his clients and the community.

Graduating from High School in 1988 in New Orleans, Matthew received a Bachelor's of Criminal Justice from LSU in 1992. In 1995, Matthew was awarded a Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.

He immediately began practicing law. His career since has focused exclusively on litigation. Matthew has thousands of hours in the courtroom and has tried hundreds of cases. He has successfully represented his clients in the state and federal district courts of Louisiana, the Louisiana appellate courts, and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

In addition to practicing law, Matthew has given numerous seminars on substantive law and litigation techniques. He has taught legal courses at Baton Rouge Community College and River Parish Community College and has donated his time to helping high school students with mock trial competitions.

His accomplishments have been so great that in 2010, he was appointed a Judge Pro Temp of the Ascension Parish Court. That year, he was also named one of the People of Ascension by Eatel.

He has successfully handled cases that have been reported on in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and national media. He is often called on by out-of-state clients looking for representation in Louisiana because of his accomplishments.

Matthew is married to the former Alison Bexley and they have two children.

Areas Of Practice

  • Insurance Defense 80%
  • Premises Liability 20%
  • Governmental
  • Personal Injury
  • General Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1995


  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1995
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • DRI

Past Employment Positions

  • Percy, Pujol & Wall, Partner, 1993 to 2003


  • English

Classes and Seminars

  • PARL 1100 Legal Writing, River Parish Community College
  • The Art of Settlement, National Business Institute
  • Building Your Civil Trial Skills, National Business
  • Post Trial Relief in Trial Court, 23rd JDC

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ascension Parish Planning and Zoning Commissioner, 2014 – present
  • Ascension Chamber of Commerce – Board Member. Chairman of the board, 2014 – present, Government and Community Development Chair, 2013. Leadership Ascension Chair 2010-2012
  • Rotary Club of East Ascension – President 2007-2008, President-elect 2006-2007, Vice President 2005-2006, Mardi Gras Ball Chair 2008-2013, Board of Directors 2005-2009. Rotarian of the year 2009-2010
  • Child Advocacy Service – Board member
  • Theresa of Avila Catholic School Finance Subcommittee — Committee set the annual budget for the East Ascension / East Iberville Catholic School partnership and reviews all financial issues to make recommendations to the pastoral advisory board
  • Gonzales Soccer Club – Vice President of Youth – Responsible for all disciplinary issues in the club, including parent / coach, parent-coach / referee, and coach / player. All responsible for team formation and all tryouts. Referee 2013-Present
  • John the Evangelist Catholic Church – Capital Campaign Committee
  • Volunteer Ascension – Board Member. President 2007
  • American Heart Association Ascension Board. Board Member
  • Gonzales Lions Club
  • Leadership Louisiana – Class of 2011
  • Eatel 75th Anniversary – People of Ascension
  • Dancing for a Cause – Local event to raise money for COEA-The Arc of East Ascension. Two-time contestant, judge, and emcee
  • Ascension Idol – Local event to raise money for the Ascension Fund. Emcee for all four years of the event
  • Volunteer of the Year Awards – Emcee from 2009-2011
  • Theresa of Avila Catholic School Basketball Coach. 5th grade boys, 7th grade boys, 8th grade boys, and 7th grade girls
  • Ascension Chamber of Commerce – Host for political forum over the past two election cycles
  • St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church – Eucharist minister and lector
  • 2002 Kona Marathon – Completed marathon to raise money for the American Stroke Association
  • Leadership Ascension Class of 1998

Representative Clients

  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • IFG Network Securities
  • Sorrento Lumber Company
  • Ascension Pools LLC
  • Cross Manufacturing, LLC

Representative Cases

  • Hill v. Shelter Mutual Insurance Company, 953 So.2d 691 (La. 2006). Precedent setting
  • Gilton v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 839 So.2d 157 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2003)
  • Alexander v. Ford, 866 So.2d 890 (La. App. 5th Cir, 2004)
  • Costly v. Batiste, 802 So.2d 752 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2001)
  • Becnal v. Stein, 726 So.2d 468 (La. App. 5th Cir. 1999)
  • Westerman v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 834 So.2d 445 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2002). Precedent setting
  • Young v. Martinez, 772 So.2d 1143 (La. App. 1st Cir. 1998)
  • Rideau v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 970 So.2d 564 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2007). Reported in Baton Rouge media
  • Gillmer v. Parish Sterling Stuckey, 30 So.3d. 782 (La. App. 1st. Cir. 2009). Precedent setting
  • Matassa v. Jasmine, 42 So.3d. 1157 (La. App. 1st. Cir. 2010). Precedent setting. Reported in New Orleans and Baton Rouge media
  • Shear v. Champagne, 22 So.3d. 942 (La. App. 1st. Cir. 2009)
  • Quality Design and Const. v. Tuff Coat Mfg. Inc., 939 So.2d 429 (La. App. 1st. Cir 2006). Report in Baton Rouge media
  • Miller v. Tauzin, 174 So.3d 1175 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2015)
  • Vince v. Koontz, — So.3d – (La. App. 5th Cir. 2015)


  • South Louisiana Business Bank
  • Whitney Bank
  • Capital One Bank
  • United Community Bank