Who We Are
Matthews & Jaasma, L.L.P. was founded to provide exceptional yet affordable legal help and personal service to those in need.
"I've never called a lawyer before" or "I never thought I'd need a lawyer" is one of the first things most of our clients say when they call. We understand. People never expect to be wrongfully injured or have a loved one suffer injury or death because of someone else's actions. And when something life-altering does happen, you need someone you can trust to listen to you, to help you understand your options, and to work hard to get you relief.
We formed Matthews & Jaasma, L.L.P. in 2013--combining our legal backgrounds and experiences in state and federal courts--for the purpose of helping our Fort Bend County neighbors in Sugar Land, Missouri City, as well as residents of the greater Houston area. We take the skills and knowledge we gained over the years from representing clients and put it to work to get results.
Can I afford an attorney?
The cost of legal services is always a concern. We are proud that we can keep our fees lower than many other lawyers because we keep our operating expenses low. For some types of cases, such as personal injury, our clients will not pay a dime unless they are compensated. We will front all costs of a case and wait to collect until the final settlement or verdict has been awarded. And while other lawyers also offer contingency arrangements, our percentage fee is likely less, as are the hourly rates that we charge for cases that are billed by the hour, such as contract review services. We provide flat fees for simple wills and trusts. Contact us to discuss your legal issue and the best approach to your particular case.
Having worked for several firms in Texas and California, Lori honed her trial skills through jury and non-jury trials. Throughout her career, Lori has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, working on behalf of individuals as well as businesses, including working for a large insurance company. Lori's experience is vast; she has handled personal injury and wrongful death cases, business disputes and breach of contract cases, and has helped clients with estate planning and Probate. Committed to her clients and her community, Lori volunteers her time for various organizations such as Fort Bend ISD and Fort Bend Lawyers CARE. Lori received her law degree from Texas Tech University in 1995 and her undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1992.
During her previous practice at two Houston law firms, Amy represented a variety of clients, such as victims of chemical plant explosions, faulty products, and employment discrimination. But she has also represented parties on the opposite side of the docket--businesses and corporations, including the drilling contractor in the BP Macondo Oil Spill litigation. Amy taught at the University of Houston Law Center as a full-time Legal Research and Writing professor for two years from 2002-2004. Amy has volunteered in Fort Bend ISD schools since 2007, and previously served on the board of the Missouri City Ballet Company. She is a 1999 graduate of Baylor Law School and a 1995 graduate of Abilene Christian University.
With a diverse professional background, including experience with the Texas Legislature and previously several successful commercial litigation firms, Rachel brings a unique combination of competence and professionalism to her practice. Her experience includes representing both corporate and individual clients in personal injury, construction defect, and medical malpractice litigation. Rachel earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law in 2010 and her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 2005.
Stacy Williams Bakri
Legal Assistant & Office Manager
Stacy has worked for other attorneys in a variety of practice areas. Stacy brings over 20 years of legal experience to our team. When she's not helping our clients, Stacy devotes much of her time to the stage, where she has acted, directed, and choreographed for many years. She has shared her talents by her involvement with arts organizations and currently serves as Artistic Director of The Company Onstage, Inc. in Houston, Texas.