About Us

Christopher Murell, Founder


New York University School of Law ('06)

Emory University, B.A. ('03)



For the last seventeen years, Chris has been a fierce, dedicated, and successful advocate for clients at trial and on appeal. His experience includes securing acquittals for felony cases ranging from drug possession to murder, having the Louisiana Supreme Court overturn his clients' conviction and death sentence,  being part of trial teams that have won millions of dollars for clients, and representing clients in high profile civil rights lawsuits against police across the South. 

Christopher Murell was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in philosophy, and was also inducted into the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Chris attended New York University School of Law, one of the top 6 law schools in the U.S. There, he was awarded the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellowship. He also served as research assistant to the renowned civil rights, social justice, and capital defense luminary Professor Anthony G. Amsterdam.

Chris opened the Murell Law Firm in the summer of 2021. The Firm provides top level criminal defense at all levels spanning from complex RICO murder indictments, to state court felonies, to federal and state appeals. We also work on high profile civil rights cases including police beatings, jail abuse and deaths, and litigation on behalf of classes of people oppressed by the criminal justice system. 

Our firm provides vigorous, dedicated, client-centered representation to everyone who hires us. We deliberately limit our the number of cases we accept so that every client gets the individual, personal service that he or she deserves. 

Before opening his own law firm in the fall of 2021, Chris worked for preeminent Louisiana trial attorney Lewis Unglesby. While there, Chris was part of the trial team with Mr. Unglesby that won multi-million dollar verdicts for their clients. Chris made opening and closing arguments, as well conducted direct and cross-examinations of opponents' witnesses at trial. He also had immense success in criminal and civil litigation. A federal court suppressed all evidence against his client in a gun case. Chris successfully navigated motions to dismiss his clients' federal civil rights cases. He authored and won successful pre-trial and mid-trial writs in the Louisiana Supreme Court, having adverse trial court and court of appeals decisions reversed. Recently, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an $8 million verdict in an asbestos case where Chris took the lead on briefing. The Louisiana Supreme Court refused to review or overturn that decision. Chris was called as an expert witness in criminal trial practice in a lawsuit challenging the underfunding of public defenders. 


Before joining the Unglesby Law Firm in 2018, Chris was the Executive Director of the Capital Appeals Project and Promise of Justice Initiative in New Orleans. In addition to his duties as director of these offices, Chris acted as lead and associate counsel on capital direct appeals, including successfully arguing to have a death sentence reversed in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Chris also helped craft a class action lawsuit regarding the chronic underfunding of indigent defense in Louisiana, and testified in front of the Louisiana legislature about that topic.

Chris moved to Louisiana in 2008 to take a job at the revamped Orleans Public Defenders office (OPD), following Hurricane Katrina. Chris went on to try approximately two dozen cases in front of juries, achieving acquittals for nearly all these clients, and having his sole conviction while lead counsel quickly reversed due to the State hiding exculpatory evidence. He also tried more than seventy-five cases before judges and conducted hundreds of evidentiary hearings and witness examinations. Chris authored numerous successful pretrial writs in the Fourth Circuit and Louisiana Supreme Court. During his last three years at OPD, Chris co-founded the capital trial division of the office and focused solely on death penalty and juvenile life-without-parole cases. Chris has trained extensively in methods of cross-examination and voir dire, including the Colorado Method. He has been invited to train young lawyers from around Louisiana on trial methods.

Chris began his career with a two-year fellowship at the Georgia Capital Defender, where he was part of the trial team that secured a life verdict in the capital trial of Brian Nichols.

Chris’ work has been featured by NBC National News, Pro-Publica, The AP, The Guardian, The Marshall Project, Vice News, The Times Picayune, The Advocate, The Appeal, and in numerous other television and written stories.

Chris is admitted to practice in Louisiana, including all of its federal courts, and in Georgia. He can be reached at chris@murell.law.


Southern University Law Center, J.D.

Louisiana State University, B.A. 



Meghan Matt

Meghan Matt received a bachelor's degree in criminology from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center, graduating first in her class. 

After law school, Meghan worked as a public defender in New Orleans, zealously representing hundreds of criminal defendants in all aspects of pre-trial and trial litigation. While at OPD, she successfully conducted judge and jury trials, argued numerous hearings on motions resulting in no probable cause found and motions to suppress granted, and fought vigorously for her clients' freedom. 

She then transitioned to the ACLU of Louisiana where she worked on over a dozen 1983 cases, investigated a juvenile detention facility, advocated at the intersection of incarceration and LGBTQ+ rights, conducted depositions, and was on the trial team that successfully argued in federal court for incarcerated children to be removed from Angola prison.

Meghan joined the Murell Law Firm to continue her work in criminal defense, civil rights, and personal injury litigation. 

Meghan has been published three times, including in the ABA’s Human Rights Magazine and the Southern University Law Review. Her articles have been downloaded over one thousand times, referenced in The Washington Post, and cited in dozens of academic publications. In 2022, Meghan was appointed to the Louisiana State Law Institute as a Junior Council Member and served on the planning committee of the 2022 National Civil Rights Conference. She has testified before numerous legislative bodies on issues such as qualified immunity, police brutality, and LGBTQ+ rights. 

Prior to pursuing a legal career, Meghan was a community organizer, storyteller, business owner, and childbirth coach. During her tenure at Southern University Law Center, Meghan clerked at the Louisiana Law Institute: Children's Code Committee, Innocence Project New Orleans, and a boutique criminal defense and civil rights firm, where she assisted in multiple trials. She also served as Managing Editor of the Southern University Law Review and The Public Defender newspaper.

Meghan has volunteered as an Innocence Project New Orleans Community Advocate since 2018. She also previously served as the NAACP Baton Rouge: Legislative Committee co-chair, sat on Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s Campaign and Transition Team, volunteered with the unhoused through It Takes a Village, and was a member of the Urban League of Baton Rouge: ULEAD, Criminal Justice Reform Cohort.

Meghan can be reached at meghan@murell.law.