Johnell Mosby Matthews was elected judge on the Baton Rouge City Court, Division C, on August 20,
2020, in a run-off election where she received 63% of the votes throughout the city of Baton Rouge.
Prior to this momentous occasion, she practiced law in Louisiana and in Mississippi, at Matthews &
Matthews Law Firm, for the past 19 years, with a focus on personal injury, wills, will contests,
successions, and family matters.
Judge Matthews earned a bachelor's degree in French and in English with a minor in Spanish, cum
laude, from Southern University, Baton Rouge, in 1972. After graduation, she was awarded a French
Government Scholarship under which she studied the French language for an academic year at the
Sorbonne University in Paris France. In 1976, she obtained a Master's Degree, summa cum laude, in
French Language & Literature from Louisiana State University.
After serving 20 years in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System as a teacher of French and
English, as Supervisor of Foreign Languages for the entire parish of East Baton Rouge, K-12, and as
Assistant Principal in middle and high school, she enrolled in Southern University Law Center where
she earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 2001. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar
Association and the Mississippi Bar Association.
Her professional and community associations include: Louisiana Bar Association, Mississippi Bar
Association, Louisiana City Judges Association, Louisiana Judicial
Council/NBA, American Judges Association, Dean Henry George McMahon American Inns of Court, Greater
Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Leadership Association, Baton Rouge
Association of Women Attorneys, Volunteers in Public Schools board member, and past Library Commissioner board member.
Judge Matthews is married to attorney Johnnie Matthews, and they have three adult
children and ten grandchildren. She grew up in Clayton, Louisiana under the guidance of her maternal grandmother,
Mrs. Pearl Mosby, to whom she will be forever grateful.