Michael D. “Matt” Matthews, Jr.
Phone: (713) 337-8879
Fax: (713) 337-8859
Office Location: Houston
Matt Matthews represents clients in complex commercial litigation across the country. Matt has experience prosecuting and defending cases involving energy, contracts, construction, manufacturing, financial services, property rights, international trade, personal injury, products liability, employment law, and other business disputes. Matt has been lead counsel in state and federal cases filed in more than twenty-five different states and in arbitrations before AAA, JAMS, and ICDR panels. Matt also serves as McDowell Hetherington’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 oil and gas production, midstream pipeline operations, refining, power generation, solar energy services, energy trading, and retail electricity and natural gas sales. His energy clients have included Direct Energy, Sunnova, Encana, DNOW, Kinder Morgan, National Oilwell Varco, Calpine, and Valero.
Before Matt joined McDowell Hetherington, 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 Trinity Industries, 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 big companies approach litigation and brought that understanding with him to private practice to make his clients’ day-to-day lives easier.
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.
BUSINESS & COMMERCIAL DISPUTES
CONSTRUCTION, PROPERTY, AND REAL ESTATE
PERSONAL INJURY/PRODUCTS LIABILITY