Michael “Matt” D. Matthews, Jr.
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., English and History, with honors, 2000
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2005
Matt Matthews represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial cases across the country. Matt has considerable experience prosecuting and defending cases involving energy, commercial contracts, construction, manufacturing, financial services, property rights, international trade, personal injury, employment law and other complex business disputes. Matt has been lead counsel in state and federal cases filed in twenty different states and in arbitrations before AAA, JAMS and ICDR panels. Matt also serves as EMH’s hiring partner.
A large part of Matt’s practice focuses on energy litigation. He is regional and national counsel for some of the country’s leading energy companies and has handled cases up and down the energy chain—including disputes involving crude oil production, power generation, midstream pipeline operations, refining, energy trading and retail electricity and natural gas sales. His energy clients have included Direct Energy, Kinder Morgan, National Oilwell Varco, Calpine and Valero.
Before Matt joined EMH, he gained valuable trial and courtroom knowledge serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Thad Heartfield, then-Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. Matt also worked as in-house corporate counsel for a publicly traded global manufacturer, representing the company in litigation and negotiating a variety of complex commercial contracts. He learned how in-house counsel at large corporations approach litigation, and brought that understanding with him to private practice.
Outside the office, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. He is on the Houston Symphony’s Young Associates Council and enjoys traveling, reading, playing music and going to concerts and sporting events. Matt is older than he looks.
“Texas Rising Star” (Business Litigation), Texas Monthly, 2015
Certificate, The Hague Academy of International Law, 2007
“Rookie of the Year” Finalist, Dallas Business Journal Best Corporate Counsel Awards, 2006
Represented an energy company in a multimillion dollar commission dispute with an energy broker. The case settled on favorable terms after two days of trial in New Jersey.
Represented a major pipeline company in complex fraud action involving shell companies created by former employees and vendors, resulting in $2.8 million judgment against the defendants.
Defended an electricity company in a case involving alleged tortious interference with a commercial energy supply agreement. Filed summary judgment that prompted the plaintiff to nonsuit all claims against the client.
Represented a British engineering company in an international trade dispute related to heat‑transfer technology.
Represented an energy company in a class action filed in Texas. Authored and successfully argued a motion to dismiss based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction that disposed of all claims.
Lead counsel for two retail energy suppliers in three putative class actions filed in New York and Connecticut related to variable rate electricity and natural gas sales.
Lead counsel for an energy company in a putative consumer class action filed in Ohio related to marketing and sales practices.
Represented a global defense, security and aerospace company in several complex commercial disputes in Texas.
Represented a leading pipeline company in a multimillion dollar case filed against a valve manufacturer and supplier based on valve leaks.
Represented a litigation support services company in a theft of trade secrets dispute against a competitor.
Won arbitral award as lead counsel for a Mexican chemical company following a hearing on the merits in an international dispute based on a manufacturing agreement, then collected the award.
Represented a petrochemical company in an international arbitration related to hydrocracker reactors purchased in Italy for installation in refineries in Texas and Louisiana.
Represented international trading company through the final arbitration hearing in a dispute over a multimillion dollar contract related to polymer sales in India.
Represented a leading home warranty company through the final arbitration hearing in a contract dispute that resulted in a take-nothing judgment for the plaintiff and an award of attorney’s fees for the client.
Represented a power generation company in a personal injury case; successfully argued the summary judgment motion, then authored the brief upheld on appeal.
Represented a commodity trading company in a products liability action involving refinery feedstock that allegedly caused millions in damage to a refinery. EMH’s vigorous defense resulted in the refinery dropping its claims.
Represented an energy infrastructure company in a personal injury case related to a pipeline explosion in Mississippi.
Represents an international oilfield parts distribution company in personal injury cases in Texas.
Represented a concrete and materials supply company in a case involving alleged construction defects. Filed motion to dismiss within a week after being retained that resulted in the plaintiff dropping all claims.
Represented a City of Houston agency in a multimillion dollar eminent domain dispute that settled the day before jury selection.
Represented a real estate investment company in numerous property and real estate related disputes, including one in which the client obtained a substantial judgment for fraud in a real estate transaction against an investor.
Represented a private land owner in a mineral rights dispute in East Texas.