One day, in the civil assignment room, Matt Excell said to me: "When the Lord made that lawyer (pointing to one) he hand-carved him, and when He was making him (pointing to another) He was called to the telephone." If his own definition were to be applied to Matthew B. Excell, he was a lawyer "hand-carved by God." This story pertains to the period in which I knew, worked and lived with him in court and in the preparation of cases for court.
Elmer E. McNulty, Matt Excell - Trial Lawyer Extraordinary, 6 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 123 (1957)