Matt Strauser

Matt represents clients in complex litigation, including railroad employees in actions brought under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. His experience extends to all stages of litigation. Before joining Schlichter Bogard, Matt worked at a Virginia law firm where his practice focused on seriously injured individuals. He also clerked for U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. in Richmond, Virginia, and Circuit Court Judges Mary Jane Hall and Jerrauld C. Jones in Norfolk, Virginia.

Matt graduated summa cum laude from William & Mary Law School, where he served as president of the school’s National Trial Team and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers for exceptional oral advocacy after winning trial competitions throughout the country. Matt also earned several awards for professionalism, writing ability, and service to the law school community.

Before law school, Matt graduated cum laude from Princeton and then joined the Mississippi Teacher Corps where he taught history in a high-poverty high school. Outside of work, Matt enjoys grilling and spending time with his wife, Jessie, and his two spoiled black labs, Ada and Louise.


  • J.D., summa cum laude, William & Mary Law School, 2019; Symposium Editor, William & Mary Law Review; Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers; President, National Trial Team; Winner, National Sports Law Student Writing Competition
  • M.A., University of Mississippi, 2016; Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
  • B.A., cum laude, Princeton, 2014


  • State of Missouri
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Va
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. Va
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. AR
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Mo

Prior Associations

  • Law Clerk, Hon. John A. Gibney, U.S. District Court, E.D. Va., 2020-2021
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Mary Jane Hall & Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones, Norfolk Circuit Court, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Virginia, 2019-2020


  • Matthew Strauser & Noah Chauvin, Student Athlete Employee Speech, 20 VA. SPORTS & ENT. L.J. 171 (2020).
  • Matt Strauser, Let the Kids Play: How College Athletes Can Use California’s Prohibition on Noncompete Clauses to Circumvent the NCAA’s Year-in-Residence Rule, 27 JEFFREY S. MOORAD SPORTS L.J. 1 (2020).
  • Matthew Strauser, Upon Further Review: Reconsidering Clarett and Player Access to the NFL, 29 MARQ. SPORTS L. REV. 247 (2018).

Honors and Distinctions

  • National Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2023