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Matt Thomas

Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes Boone.

Matt focuses his practice on litigating a wide variety of commercial, energy, and environmental matters in state and federal courts across the country. 

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  • (S.D. Tex.) Obtained $4.1 million summary judgment on breach of contract claim for boutique consulting and advisory firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
  • (218th District Court) Briefed, argued, and obtained dismissal with prejudice for major oil and gas company on jurisdictional grounds on the eve of trial.
  • Associate, Baker Institute Roundtable
  • Member, Houston Bar Association (Energy Law Section)
  • Notes and Comments Advisory Committee Member, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal
  • Young Energy Professional, Institute for Energy Law
  • “Lessons from Litigation – Pitfalls of Emailing and How to Avoid Them,” presenter, October 14, 2022.
  • “Exploring Professional Ethics in the Bakken Shale,” presenter, Doing Business in the Bakken Shale: What In-House Counsel Need to Know in 2022, May 12, 2022.
  • “Houston Court of Appeals for the 14th District Breaks New Ground in JOA Exculpatory Clause Law,” co-author, Oil & Gas E-Report, March 24, 2022.
  • “Biden PFAS Action Plan: A New Frontier?” co-author, Seventy-Third Annual Institute on Oil and Gas Law, February 8, 2022.


J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2021, honors, Editor-in-Chief, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal

B.S., Economics, University of Kentucky, 2017, summa cum laude



Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Doing Business in the Bakken Shale: What In-House Counsel Need to Know in 2022
May 12, 2022

Rapid growth of oil and gas plays has spurred an energy renaissance in the U.S. – and with this growth, a number of legal challenges for the companies operating in these plays. Nowhere is this truer than in North Dakota's Bakken Shale, which has transformed the state's economy and made it the nation's second largest producer of oil behind Texas. Our Haynes Boone speakers will be joined by North Da [...]