Slates Harwell


B.A. History, Newman University, cum laude (2002)

Academic All-Conference, baseball

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)

Matthew Waterman


Matt Waterman has a practice that involves both transactional and litigation matters covering all aspects of construction law.  He represents general contractors, designers, subcontractors, and owners on projects of all varieties including industrial facilities, multi-family projects, retail centers, and public infrastructure.  He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in both commercial and residential matters involving contract claims, design defects, mechanic’s liens and bonds, insurance coverage disputes, construction defects, real estate disputes, trade secrets, products liability issues, payment disputes, delay and disruption claims, and personal injury.

Matt has represented clients in multiple trials and arbitrations and has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict. Though an experienced trial lawyer, Matt routinely assists clients in contract negotiations and advises clients on project risk management issues and litigation avoidance. Matt has also worked with large national homebuilders to develop comprehensive, nationwide contract documents, disclosures, 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.


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)


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)


Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section

 Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program – Legal Clinic Volunteer

Member, TEXO Youth Constructors Council