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Third-Generation Attorney Joins Conover Firm

Conover attorney David L. Isenhower announces that third-generation Catawba County attorney, Susan Williams Matthews, has joined his law firm, David L. Isenhower, Attorney and Counsellor at Law, PLLC, as of September 2016.

Matthews is the daughter of the late Alex Williams and the granddaughter of the late Richard A. Williams, both of whom practiced law in Newton.

Matthews plans to concentrate her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, business and corporate law, contracts, and zoning and land use regulation.

Matthews graduated from Hickory High School in 2001. She earned a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Furman University in 2005, after studying abroad in a number of underdeveloped countries, including Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba, Namibia and South Africa. Matthews was a D. H. Kilpatrick History Scholar at Furman, a member of the Furman University Mock Trial team, and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority as well as the Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Societies.

In 2008, Matthews graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. During law school, Matthews received the Eugene Gressman-Daniel H. Pollitt award for oral advocacy and served as Publications Editor of the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal.

After earning her law degree, Matthews practiced at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP in Charlotte, focusing on municipal law and litigation in both state and federal courts. Prior to joining Isenhower, Matthews practiced at Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP in Hickory in the areas of business and corporate law, contracts, zoning and land use regulation, collections, foreclosures, real estate, and bankruptcy-creditors’ rights. In addition to representing companies and individuals, Matthews has served as counsel to local governmental boards and a community college board. She has appeared before state, federal, appellate and bankruptcy courts.

Matthews was named a “Rising Star” in North Carolina’s 2016 Super Lawyers publication, after a selection process involving nominations and evaluations by other attorneys as well as independent research by the Super Lawyers research department.

Matthews is an active member of both the legal community and the County. She is the immediate past President of the Catawba County Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, United Arts Council of Catawba County and UNC Law Alumni Association. She is a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, a graduate of Leadership Catawba, and a member of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Matthews lives in Hickory with her husband Andrew - a Conover native, who is also a third-generation in his family business, Matthews Construction - and their daughter and twin sons.

David L. Isenhower has practiced in Newton and Conover since 1974. A 1971 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University and a 1974 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, he concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, wills and probate. He lives in Conover with his wife, the former Sherri Kale. They have three children.

Both Isenhower and Matthews can be reached at (828) 353-2560.

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