Elizabeth Matthews

Elizabeth Matthews

Class of 2018

Elizabeth Matthews is an experienced business executive with expertise working in an international/cross-cultural setting.  She currently serves as Deputy US Managing Director, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for French oil major Total, S.A.’s (Total) companies in the United States.  Total is a global energy company headquartered in Paris, France and focused on the exploration and production, trading and shipping, and refining and marketing of oil and gas.  Total also produces solar, wind and biofuel energy, batteries, and adhesives.  Ms. Matthews is a member of the executive team of Total’s US affiliate and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and management.  She is responsible for the company’s legal and ethics functions and (along with the Country Chair) manages US-wide shared services functions such as security, communications, and IT.   She also serves on the boards of several Total-affiliated companies, including Total’s US environmental remediation and intellectual property/technology companies.

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Ms. Matthews’ twenty-five years of experience includes oversight of business transactions and acquisitions and divestitures, as well as joint venture operations.  She recently led the legal integration support for Total’s $8.8 billion acquisition of African oil and gas assets from another international oil company, as well as the legal support for Total’s $1.7 billion petrochemical joint venture / major capital project.  Ms. Matthews’ team handles an active litigation docket, which draws upon her experience defending and prosecuting major litigation.  She also has significant experience in crisis management and maneuvering companies through governmental investigations / regulatory inquiries.

Prior to joining Total, Ms. Matthews worked for over 11 years at Chevron, including for Chevron’s exploration and production and refining and marketing businesses, as well as for the corporate headquarters.  She also served in a general counsel role for Chevron’s Energy Technology Company.  Early in her career, Ms. Matthews worked at nationally known law firms in Washington, DC and clerked for a federal district court judge in Philadelphia.

Ms. Matthews is a widely recognized leader in her profession and industry.  She has been honored as a “Breakthrough Woman” by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, as a “Woman on the Move” by Texas Executive Women, as Best Corporate Counsel (medium-sized law department) by the Houston Business Journal, and as a “Magna Stella” awardee for best general counsel of a small law department by the Texas General Counsel Forum.

She is well known as a leader in advancing diversity and inclusion in corporations and in the legal profession.  She has been awarded the Women’s Energy Network (Appalachia Chapter) “Trailblazer Award,” which recognizes a woman who has been a model of leadership and vision in the energy industry for more than fifteen years.  She also has been named as “Woman of the Month” by the Women’s Energy Network and as a Houston “Top 50 General Counsel” leader in diversity by the National Diversity Council.   She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Energy Network and is its past President and former Board member.  She also is President and a Board Member of the Total US Women’s Network.

Ms. Matthews serves on a number of other charitable and professional boards, including the boards of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation, the World Affairs Council of Houston, the American Petroleum Institute Legal Committee, the Institute for Energy Law Executive Committee, the Texas General Counsel Forum, and the Harvard Law School Association of Houston.  She also founded the Texas Sage Chapter of the National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropy.