James E Arnold & Associates, LPA
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Columbus, Ohio
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Alvin Mathews


A former Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, Alvin E. Mathews, Jr. is recognized throughout Ohio as a lawyer’s lawyer who is called upon to represent law firms, in-house counsel at corporations and in government on a variety of professional responsibility matters, earning inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America in the field of professional liability defense.

Because of his considerable experience and knowledge, Alvin has been asked to provide representation on literally hundreds of legal ethics advisory opinions, hundreds of lawyer discipline case investigations as a prosecutor and respondent’s counsel, including nearly one hundred lawyer discipline trials, and more than twenty oral arguments in the Ohio Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility

  • Litigation

  • Business Litigation

  • Class Actions

  • Malpractice

  • Professional Licensure

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1987
  • Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers 2011 – 2017
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubble
  • Best Lawyers in America 2016 – 2017


Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio

  • J.D.
  • Honors: National Moot Court Team
  • Honors: National Privacy Law Team
  • Honors: Appellate Advocacy Award
  • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Trial Practice
  • Honors: Dean’s List

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • A.B.
  • Honors: Dean’s List

Memberships, Associations, etc.

  • American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Former Ohio Bar Association, Council of Delegates Member
  • Columbus and Ohio Bar Foundations, Fellow
  • Former Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Inn of Court Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Alvin has also provided representation on conflict of interest, client confidentiality, departing lawyers, ex-parte contact with employees, advertising and websites and IOLTA management and record-keeping. He advises and represents bar applicants regarding character and fitness interviews, panel hearings and Ohio Supreme Court proceedings. Alvin is frequently selected by litigators to serve as their expert witness on lawyer conduct questions. He has also represented businesses and licensees before administrative agencies and in courts.

Alvin’s knowledge of ethics and professional responsibility is enhanced by the over 200 CLE seminar presentations he has taught and the many articles he has published to inform lawyers of their ethical responsibilities.

Prior to joining the firm, Alvin was a member of the Litigation group at Bricker & Eckler, LLP focusing on ethics and professional responsibility. Prior to joining Bricker, Alvin was a partner at Lane Alton & Horst, LLC focusing on legal ethics and legal malpractice litigation. Alvin’s public service includes: Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, Supreme Court of Ohio (1991-1997). He began his career as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General and as an Assistant County Prosecutor in Montgomery County Ohio.

Published Works

  • Ethical Considerations for Lawyers’ Protection Letters, Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Spring, 2008
  • On Selling or Purchasing a Law Practice, Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Spring, 2008
  • The Legal Professional, Bricker & Eckler, LLP Monthly Newsletter, 2007-2012
  • Rectifying Client Fraud, Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Fall, 2007
  • On The Virtues Of Written Conflict of Interest Waivers, Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Summer, 2007


  • Over 200 Legal Ethics and Professionalism Presentations

Pro Bono Activities

  • Former Board Member, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Columbus
  • Former Board of Directors, Miami University Alumni Association


Local: 614-460-1600

Fax: 614-469-1066

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James E. Arnold & Associates, LPA

115 W. Main St., 4th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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