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- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2015
- United States District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2012
- United States District Court Southern District of Texas, 2010
- Texas, 2009
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2006
- Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List 2004 – 2006 and Academic Scholarships
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 2009 J.D., Cum Laude
- Dean's List 2007-2009
- Academic Scholarships
- Corporate Counsel Review, Note Editor 2008-2009
- South Texas College of Law Student Faculty Committee, 2008 – 2009
Matt joined Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool as an associate in November 2009. Matt was born in Houston, Texas and attended high school in Henderson, Texas. He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance, magna cum laude, from Stephen F. Austin State University (B.B.A., 2006) and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from South Texas College of Law (J.D., 2009).
Matt works with individuals, insurers, businesses and corporations in a variety of commercial litigation, construction litigation, product liability, premises liability, transportation, maritime/admiralty, coverage and subrogation matters. Matt is also a Texas certified mediator. His practice focuses on energy-related matters, land-based and offshore oil and gas exploration and production, personal injury, property damage and coverage.
Matt has handled numerous cases from inception throughout trial.
State Bar of Texas
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Houston Mariners Club
Houston Claims Association
Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society
Financial Management Association Honor Society
Vendor Member of the Houston Claims Association in 2015
Committee Member of the Primerus Young Lawyers Section in 2015
American Bar Association and ABA Admiralty Litigation Committee
- University of Houston Law Center, February 19, 2015
- Odumodu v. Alliance PJWE LPTexas Lawyer, April 28, 2014
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- The Palm Restaurant, November 16, 2016
- Old Library at Lloyd’s Building, London, England, May 19, 2015
- University Student Center – Houston Room, February 20, 2015
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Grants Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment
Plaintiff takes nothing. On April 28, 2015, the Honorable Judge Nancy Atlas granted Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and dismissed Plaintiff’s negligence and premises liability claims. In particular, the Court determined Defendant did not owe Plaintiff any duties and did not breach any duties under Alaska law. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool, PC served as defense counsel for the Defendant production platform owner and successfully pursued the Motion for Summary Judgment.April 28, 2015
Plaintiffs take nothing. On February 2, 2014, a jury sided with three defendants who were blamed for an explosion that left three injured. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool served as defense counsel for CenterPoint Energy.February 2, 2014
- Judgment notwithstanding the verdict obtained in favor of defendant product manufacturer. Upheld on appeal.
J.N.O.V. upheld on appeal. On October 10, 2013, the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas affirmed the judgment of the trial court in favor of the defendant product manufacturer in a breach of warranty action. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool served as trial and appellate counsel for defendant TAMKO Building Products, Inc.October 10, 2013
Favorable plaintiff settlement. In March 2013, after three weeks of trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, a favorable settlement for the plaintiffs was reached in a maritime tort action arising from an allision between an anchor from a MODU and an undersea gas pipeline in 2,200 feet of water. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool served as plaintiffs' counsel for Williams Field Services - Gulf Coast Company, LP and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London.March 2013
Favorable settlement for partnership. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool defended a partnership in an action for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud and entered into a favorable settlement for the partnership during trial.2013
Jury awards damages well below Plaintiff's pre-trial demand. On December 19, 2012, a Travis County jury returned a verdict finding a security alarm monitoring company only 10% liable in a negligence trial. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool served as defendant counsel for the security company.December 19, 2012
Plaintiff awarded jury verdict in breach of contract action. On July 10, 2012, a jury awarded the plaintiff a verdict against an investment company and its president and owner for breach of an oral contract. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool served as plalintiff's counsel.July 10, 2012
No fault judgment. On March 27, 2012, a Harris County jury found no negligence on the part of the defendant tractor trailer driver or the defendant trucking company in a severe automobile accident. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool served as defendant counsel for both the driver and the trucking company.March 27, 2012
Plaintiff takes nothing. On September 3, 2009, a jury returned a verdict in favor of a defendant gas company which had been accused of causing a fire on the plaintiff's property. Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool served as defense counsel for CenterPoint Energy.September 3, 2009
Published Appellate Work
Palmer v. Newtron Beaumont, LLC, 2016 WL 637926 (Tex. App.—Beaumont Feb. 18, 2016, pet. filed)
Franks v. Hilcorp Alaska, LLC, 622 Fed. Appx. 447 (5th Cir. 2015) (mem. op.)
In re BDPJ Houston, LLC, 420 S.W.3d 309 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2013) no pet. h.
Building Products Plus, Co., L.C. v. TAMKO Bldg. Products, Inc., 2013 W.L. 5604738 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 10, 2013) no pet. h.
Williams Field Services Gulf Coast Company, L.P. v. Mariner Energy, Inc., 2011 WL 4372710 (S. D. Tex. Sept. 19, 2011).
In re Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, 2010 WL 184300 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Jan. 15, 2010, no pet.).