Matt Waterman is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice on the representation of contractors and owners in construction related disputes. Matt has represented plaintiffs and defendants in both commercial and residential matters involving contract claims, insurance coverage disputes, construction defects, real estate disputes, trade secrets, products liability issues, payment disputes, delay and disruption claims, and personal injury.
Matt has served as both lead and second chair counsel in multiple trials and arbitrations, and has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict. Matt has also served as lead counsel in multiple mediations, and successfully negotiated several favorable settlements for his clients. Though an experienced trial lawyer, Matt routinely assists clients in the preparation of contract documents, and advises clients on project risk management issues. Matt has also worked with large national homebuilders to develop comprehensive, nationwide contract documents, warranty programs, licensing compliance programs, and advertising protocols.
Matt is an avid college football and baseball fan, and when not watching or talking sports enjoys working out, bowling, movies, and spending time with his family.
J.D. Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, cum laude (2005)
- Articles Editor, SMU Law Review (2004-2005)
- Member, Editorial Staff, SMU Law Review (2003-2004)
B.A. History, Newman University, cum laude (2002)
- Academic All-Conference, baseball
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES
Co-Author, “When is the Coffee Too Hot??? Product Liability Issues in Construction Defect Cases,” Texas State Bar Construction Conference (February 2014)
Co-Author, “Product Failures: Can Builders Hold Manufacturers Accountable?” – Texas Builder (September/October 2014)
HONORS AND AWARDS
Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America©, Construction Law, Texas (2019 – 2021)
Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers (2019 – 2021), Texas Rising Stars (2013 – 2019) (Construction Litigation), as published in Texas Monthly (A Thomson Reuters Service)
BAR, INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Member, State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section
Habitat for Humanity – Fundraising Chair
Gardere Wynne Sewell Martin Luther King Oratory Competition – Committee Member
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program – Legal Clinic Volunteer
Member, TEXO Youth Constructors Council