C. Matthew Thompson

Senior Counsel

Houston

713-535-5515

mthompson@cokinoslaw.com

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Biography

Matt Thompson is a litigator licensed in Texas and Louisiana with a focus on construction and commercial disputes. Matt was named Texas Rising Star in Construction Litigation in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and was elected to serve on the Council for the Construction Law Section for the Houston Bar Association for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

In his construction litigation practice, Matt represents contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all types of construction related disputes, including cases involving construction and EPC contracts, construction defects, personal injury, design issues, delay and loss of productivity claims, property damage, payment disputes,  liens, performance and payment bonds, bid contests, insurance coverage, and indemnity, among others. Matt’s construction litigation experience includes private projects involving petroleum processing facilities, pipelines, commercial buildings, hotels, apartments, and condominiums, as well as public projects at the federal, state, and local levels involving dredging, highways, airports, hospitals, wastewater facilities, military bases, universities, and schools. Additionally, Matt has represented clients in matters involving EPC contracts and federal acquisition regulations. Matt also drafts, reviews, and negotiates construction contracts and real estate contracts for his clients.

As a commercial litigator, Matt has represented clients in a wide range of business disputes in the real estate, securities, energy, utilities, and healthcare sectors. He routinely handles complex commercial litigation matters involving commercial contracts, leases, debtor/creditor issues, and other matters integral to business operations. Matt has also represented clients in personal injury matters, multi-party litigation, multijurisdictional disputes, and class actions.

Matt also frequently assists clients in proactively avoiding litigation, often through early involvement in the negotiation and performance of construction and commercial contracts, strategic risk assessment, and alternative dispute resolution. Matt is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and earned his law degree from Louisiana State University, where he served on the Trial Advocacy Board.

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Named Texas Rising Star in Construction Litigation in 2018, 2019, and 2020 by Thomson Reuters. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.
  • Member, Texas Bar College.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Association – Construction Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association – Construction Law Section (Council Member for 2019-2021) and Litigation Section
  • Louisiana Bar Association

Education

  • Louisiana State University, J.D., 2009: Trial Advocacy Board
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2006

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana

Practice Areas and Casework

  • Obtained an eight-figure settlement on behalf of dredging contractor against public port authority related to over 3,000 instances of differing site-conditions and resulting damages.
  • Obtained a take nothing award and a total defense victory for client in arbitration where plaintiffs sought damages for alleged gross negligence.
  • Secured a favorable verdict for a commercial property owner in a lawsuit where a general contractor alleged non-payment for additional work and sought foreclosure of a lien, exemplary damages, prompt payment penalties, attorneys’ fees, and costs. Following a bench trial, the plaintiff was awarded less than 5% of the amount sought at trial.
  • Successfully defended a contractor in case involving severe and near fatal injuries to a pipeline worker.
  • Obtained summary judgment for client in construction dispute, resulting in client’s full recovery of damages, interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs from general contractor.
  • Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit filed in federal court alleging compensatory and exemplary damages in excess of $100 million.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against client in a federal court lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $1 million.
  • Represented hotel owner in a lawsuit against general contractor involving water damage due to defective construction, resulting in favorable settlement for client.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for client in a case involving a general contractor’s misapplication of construction trust funds.
  • Defended construction company sued for misappropriation of trade secrets, resulting in dismissal with prejudice of all claims against client.
  • Represented civil construction contractor in arbitration proceeding for additional compensation due to unforeseen site conditions and in defense of claims for liquidated damages, resulting in favorable settlement for client.
  • Successfully defended utility distribution contractor and utility provider against claims asserted for lost profits, lost business opportunities, and loss of employee productivity due to alleged utility outages.
  • Defended a general contractor against a lawsuit filed on behalf of owner involving alleged construction defects and warranty obligations associated with general contractor’s construction of a medical clinic, resulting in dismissal with prejudice of claims against general contractor and no recovery to the plaintiff.
  • Defended a general contractor and surety in payment dispute with second-tier subcontractor, resulting in all claims against clients being dismissed with prejudice.
  • Obtained a summary judgment that commercial tenant breached leased agreement, resulting in favorable settlement for client.
  • Defended lender in federal court lawsuit alleging breach of contract and deceptive trade practices, resulting in dismissal of all claims asserted against client.