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Matt is an accomplished trial lawyer on both sides of the docket. He has helped clients ranging from large public companies to executives achieve significant victories in high stakes commercial and employment litigation. His talents and track record have earned him many awards, including being recognized as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Texas by Super Lawyers and being listed in the Best Lawyers in America®, by BL Rankings, LLC.

In addition to handling litigation and counseling involving all aspects of the employment relationship, Matt routinely litigates significant and complex commercial cases in state and federal courts around the country. He also has extensive experience with arbitration and has successfully arbitrated both commercial and employment cases before single and multiple arbitrator panels.

Before attending law school, Matt was an accountant with a Big 4 accounting firm. After graduating magna cum laude from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 1993, Matt clerked for one year as a briefing attorney for Judge Craig Enoch on the Texas Supreme Court. In addition to co-authoring chapters on employment litigation and law in Professor William Dorsaneo’s Texas Litigation Guide, Matt has taught as an adjunct professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law.

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Representative Experience

Successfully represented a publicly traded company in a contentious dispute in multiple forums involving alleged theft of trade secrets and violations of non-compete agreements

Obtained injunctive relief against former executive at national consulting firm for alleged violations of post-employment restrictive covenants

Obtained defense jury verdict in federal court in case alleging age discrimination and retaliation

Obtained injunctive relief in an action alleging violations of non-compete agreements by two former employees of a large medical devices company

Obtained injunctive relief in an action alleging former president of sourcing company violated non-compete covenants

Represented a multinational technology and consulting corporation in a successful defense of nationwide FLSA action

Obtained take-nothing judgments in arbitrations against international tire manufacturer and retailer brought in separate actions by former employees alleging unlawful terminations

Obtained over $800,000 in sanctions against a former CEO and COO for conspiring to use fabricated evidence to pursue a lawsuit against client

Part of a team that obtained an injunction preventing ex-partners from unfairly competing with the client — including soliciting employees and violating a 5-year non-compete agreement ancillary to the sale of partnership interests

Won an injunction to compel a former employee to return misappropriated confidential information and to enjoin unfair competition by multiple former employees who left en masse to start a competing division against the international construction company

Part of the team that defeated class certification in a case filed by former employees of international semiconductor and computer technology company who alleged breach of contract with respect to compensation

Part of a trial team obtaining a $50+ million judgment in breach of contract case

Represented senior creditors of iHeart Media in a challenge to investment bankers in Chapter 11 case; obtained approximately $6 million reduction in fees

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers, D Magazine, 2011–2019, 2021-2022

Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013–2021

Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014–2019

Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014–2018

The Best Lawyers in America®, by BL Rankings, LLC, 2018–2022 editions

Publications and Speeches

“From Guiding to Enforcing: DOL Drops Opinion Letters” Law 360, April 2010

“Preparing for Increased Wage and Hour Litigation and DOL Enforcement: A Primer for Texas Employers,” April 2010

Co-author, “Reductions in Force, the ADEA and the WARN ACT: Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls,” March 2009

“Defending Lawsuits: An Inevitable Part of Doing Business,” Dallas Bar Journal, 2009

Co-author, “Employer-Employee Relations, Chapter 203.,” Texas Litigation Guide, 2009

Co-author, “Employment Litigation, Chapter 203A.,” Texas Litigation Guide, 2009

Speaker, “Trade Secrets: Recent Developments and Strategies,” AT&T In-house Counsel, October 17, 2013

Speaker, “Trade Secrets and Confidential Information, A Human Resources Guide to Best Practices,” Dallas Human Resources Management Association, September 10, 2013

Speaker, “Preemployment Agreements, Legal Trends and Practical Tips,” Dallas Human Resources Management Association, November 13, 2012

Speaker, "Unionization in Texas and Beyond – Coming to a Company Near You,” April 2012

Speaker, “Compliance Issues with Social Media,” Dallas-Fort Worth Ethics and Compliance Roundtable, November 2011

Speaker, “Twitterpation: Social Media in the Workplace,” Jones Day Dallas MCLE University, October 2011

Panelist, “Legislative Roundtable Panel,” Dallas Human Resource Management Association, April 2011

Speaker, “FLSA Litigation and Enforcement: Latest Challenges,” CLE Teleconference & Webinar, December 2010

Speaker, Federal Legislative Regulatory Briefing, 2009-2010, November 2009

Speaker, “Current Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel,” Jones Day Dallas MCLE University, November 2009

Speaker, “Reductions in Force the ADEA and the WARN Act: Tips for Avoiding the Pitfalls,” State Bar of Texas 13th Annual Conference and Retreat, Austin, Texas, March 2009

Speaker, “China: An Evolving Battlefield in the War for Talent,” Dallas Business Journal Conference, October 2008

Speaker, “Independent Contractors…Employees or Not?,” American Electronics Association, Dallas, Texas, April 2000

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