Matthew’s experience and practice primarily includes the representation of shipyards, vessel owners and operators and contractors as well as other businesses in maritime, construction and commercial disputes. This experience includes the defense of Jones Act, Longshore Harbor and Worker’s Compensation Act, and maritime personal injury claims, as well as maritime contractual disputes and maritime property damage matters. Matthew represents shipyards in vessel construction and repair disputes and general and sub-contractors in breach of contract, non-payment, defective workmanship, property damage actions, and lien disputes. Matthew also represents businesses in actions concerning breach of contract, fraud, intentional interference with contract, unfair trade practices and trade secret violations, as well as real estate title and boundary disputes. Matthew has tried numerous cases to verdict, obtaining both bench and jury verdicts in favor of his clients.
In addition to his litigation practice, Matthew counsels maritime clients in the formation and negotiation of master service agreements, master time charter agreements, third party access and boarding agreements and vessel construction contracts. Matthew counsels other businesses in the preparation and negotiation of non-compete, non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and professional services contracts.
Obtained defense verdict on behalf of the President and Owner of a leading marine design and engineering firm in three-week jury trial on claims of intentional interference with contract and unfair trade practices where damages sought were in excess of $5,000,000.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a regional environmental services company in which the plaintiff sought damages under section 905 (b) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).
Obtained a voluntary dismissal of numerous clients, including the vessel owner, in response to a motion for summary judgment in a case where plaintiff sought damages under the Jones Act, the Longshore Harbor and Worker’s Compensation Act and General Maritime Law.
Appeared in litigation after default judgment was entered, and successfully set aside the judgment for over $1,000,000 on behalf of a Georgia solar technology company and its principal.
Obtained favorable settlement of maritime property damage claim against a leading marine design and engineering firm where the damages originally sought were in excess of $600,000.
Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a vessel owner/operator in a Jones Act case based on the development of evidence of a non-work related injury, where damages sought included maintenance and care benefits, general damages, special damages, and punitive damages.
Obtained bench verdict on behalf of Texas Industrial equipment fabrication company for breach of contract and defective workmanship in the fabrication of boilers for the federal government.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an Arizona educational services contractor in a breach of contract and commercial collection action.
Obtained bench verdict in an action to annul a previous judgment rendered in favor of a Louisiana real estate investor. The verdict included an award of attorneys fees after the action to annul was deemed baseless by the court.
Louisiana State University – E.J. Ourso College of Business, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Workboat Strategic Leadership Development Program, December 2015
Loyola University - New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
Juris Doctor, May 2005
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Cox School of Business, May 1999
Bachelor of Arts in History, May 1999
Honors and Activities
Fellow-American Bar Foundation – 2019
Marquis "Who is Who in American Law” – 2019
Loyola Moot Court Staff – Spring 2003 to Spring 2005
Recognized as a Distinguished Moot Court Senior – Spring 2005
Moot Court Teaching Assistant – Spring 2004
Louisiana State Bar Association - Admitted 2005
Texas State Bar Association - Admitted 2018
All Louisiana State and Federal Courts
All Texas State Courts
Northern District of Texas
Presentations & Publications
Maritime Damages By The Bay- ABA Annual Meeting, Summer 2019
Batted Down! Supreme Court Relies on History, Uniformity and Policy in Rejecting Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness - ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practive Law Journal, Spring/Summer 2019
Contributing Author, “Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law,” ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Spring 2019, Vol. 54, Issue 2.
Seeing is Believing: Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence in the Digital Age - ABA Joint Meeting of the Section of Litigation and GP Solo and Small Firm Division, May 2, 2019
Mastering Ethical Issues in the Maritime Cyber Security Space - ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Admiralty Disruption Conference, March 22, 2019
No Sir! You Can't Steal My Clients! Or Maybe You Can! Effective Strategies for Preparing, Negotiating, Litigating and Avoiding Restrictive Covenants - ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Member Monday Webinar - November 5, 2018
In the Wake of Doiron: The New Fifth Circuit Test for Maritime Contracts – The American Institute of Marine Underwriters Presentation, New York City, NY, October 30, 2018
Problem Solved! Effective Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Alternative Dispute Resolution – ABA GP Solo & Small Firm Fall Conference Innovation Lab Presentation, Charleston, SC, October 26, 2018
Navigating Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) and State Workers’ Compensation Claims – ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee and Workers’ Compensation Committee Presentation, Philadelphia, PA, September 27, 2018
Scare ‘Em or Spare ‘Em? How Aggressive Should We Get in Pleadings? – Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association, Chicago, IL, August 2, 2018
Changes in the Tide: Differing Views on Emerging Issues in Maritime Law – Admiralty Law Committee Meeting for the New Orleans Federal Bar Association, July 18, 2018
Lien In: An Overview of the Current State of Louisiana Construction Lien Law – Louisiana Associated General Contractors Quarterly Meetings, Shreveport and Monroe, LA, June 2018
Contributing Author, “Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law” – ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2018, Vol. 53, Issue 2
Gathering Intelligence: Considering issues posed by Blockchain and Smart Contracts – ABA TIPS Corporate Counsel Committee Newsletter, Winter 2018
Actions Speak Louder than Words: Potential Waiver of Written Contractual Provisions – ABA GP Solo eReport, January 22, 2018
Mandamn! Fifth Circuit Rejects Mandamus Relief for Litigation Costs – What Might the Future Hold? – ABA Section of Litigation Mass Torts Committee Newsletter, Fall 2017
The Ever-Changing Playing Field: Evolving Legislative and Judicial Scrutiny of Non-Compete Agreements – ABA TIPS Corporate Counsel Committee Newsletter, Summer 2017
Contributing Author, “Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law,” ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2017, Vol. 52, Issue 2.
Treat Your Solo Practice as a Small Business (Because it is) – New Solo Podcast, April 2017
Specifically General or Statutory: Knowing Your Basis for Jurisdiction – ABA Mass Torts Committee Newsletter, March 2017
Beyond Navigable Waters: A Look at the Concept of an Appurtenance and Jurisdiction Under the Admiralty Extension Act – ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee Newsletter, February 2017
Threatened or Not? Recent Developments Under The American’s With Disabilities Act’s Direct Threat Doctrine – ABA TIPS Corporate Counsel Committee Newsletter, December 2016
Vessel Boarding Agreements –What Every Owner Should Know – International Workboat Show, New Orleans, LA, December 2016
Engagements, Deficiencies and Fraud: Examining the Scope of La. R.S. 9:2772 – Construction Defect and Dispute Conference, New Orleans, October 2016
A Proportional Response?: Practical Guidance for New Federal Rule 26 – ABA Mass Torts Committee Newsletter, October 2016
Fraud Firepower: An Avenue for Recovering Maintenance and Cure Benefits? – WorkBoat (News for the Commercial Marine Industry), August 25, 2016
Drafting IT Master Services Agreements: Guidance for Purchaser and Vendor Counsel – Strafford CLE, August 16, 2016
Analyze This! Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies Analysis of Liquidated Damages Provisions – American Bar Association GP Solo eReport, Vol. 5, No. 12
Misunderstood Vessel Boarding Agreements Can Cost You – WorkBoat (News for the Commercial Marine Industry), June 21, 2016
Defects Aboard! Defending Defect Claims in Vessel Construction Disputes – Construction Defect and Dispute Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2016
Failure to Extrapolate! Seventh Circuit Requires Experts Connect Data with Opinions – ABA Mass Torts Committee Newsletter, February 2016
On the Deposition Trail – Achieving the Best Result for Your Client – ABA Mass Torts Committee Newsletter, December 2010
Associations & Memberships
New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA)
American Bar Association (ABA):
Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
Corporate Counsel Committee – Vice Chair: 2016 – Present
Business Litigation Committee – Vice Chair: 2016 – Present
Standing Committee on Ethics & Professionalism – Chair 2019; Member: 2016 – Present
Admiralty and Maritime Litigation Committee – Vice Chair: 2019 – Present
Member-Technology Committee: 2018 – Present; Chair – Elect 2020
GP Solo and Small Firm Division (GP Solo)
Construction Law Committee – Chair: 2016 – 2018
Member – Programming Board: 2016 – 2018
Director – Division 3: Practice Specialty: 2019
Member-at-Large – Council: 2019
2019 Spring Conference Committee – Co-Chair
Section of Litigation
Young Lawyers Subcommittee of the Mass Torts Committee – Co-Chair: 2009 – 2011
Experts and Evidence Subcommittee of the Mass Torts Committee – Co-Chair: 2011 – 2017
Federal Bar Association:
New Orleans Chapter
Admiralty Law Committee
The Houston Mariners Club
The Mariners Club of the Port of New Orleans
The Louisiana Association of General Contractors
The Association of General Contractors: Mississippi Valley Chapter
The American Institute of Marine Underwriters