Practice Areas and Expertise
Matthew Pearson has over 25 years of experience litigating matters in federal and state courts throughout Texas and the United States. He has extensive experience in cases involving insurance law, construction defects, business disputes and employment law, and has earned a reputation for successfully representing his clients in the courtroom. Mr. Pearson was recognized by Verdict Search for receiving the largest insurance verdict in Texas two years in a row. Verdict Search also recognized Mr. Pearson for receiving the fifth largest contract dispute verdict in Texas and the second largest employment verdict in Texas. The contracts verdict was recognized in the Texas verdicts Hall of Fame by Texas Lawyer. Learn more about the 2014 $18 million verdict here. Learn more about the 2011 $3.9 million dollar verdict here. Read more about the $1.4 million verdict here.
Mr. Pearson is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Pearson’s insurance law practice involves representing policyholders (individuals and businesses) against insurance companies in individual cases and collective actions. He has handled hundreds of individual cases against insurance companies involving claims of breach of contract, bad faith, Insurance Code violations and Deceptive Trade Practices Act violations. Representative clients include school districts, apartment complexes, condominiums, commercial buildings, museums, historical buildings, hospitals and homeowners. Mr. Pearson also writes articles and frequently speaks on insurance law issues.
In 2019, Mr. Pearson co-authored an article in St. Mary’s Law Review titled Insurance Appraisals in Texas and Its Place in Coverage Litigation. Read article here.
Mr. Pearson recently represented the West Independent School District against their insurance carrier for damages to the District’s property as a result of the 2013 West Fertilizer plant explosion. The District had three schools, the High School, Middle School and Intermediate School, that sustained extensive structural damage exceeding $50M as a result of the explosion. Click here for the press release.
Mr. Pearson’s construction law experience involves representing commercial property owners against general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and developers for claims of negligence, breach of contract and other construction defects. He has represented school districts and owners of single family and multi-family properties, condominiums, hotels, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
Mr. Pearson represents business clients in individual and class action cases. Business disputes have involved claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation, fraud, theft of trade secrets, deceptive marketing, securities violations and civil RICO. Mr. Person recently represented a small oil and gas company that won an $18 million verdict for theft of trade secrets related to a Bakken shale prospect in Montana. This case was recognized as the 18th largest verdict in Texas in 2014 by Verdict Search. He also represented a class of small and large businesses against Verisign, Inc. for marketing of digital encryption certificates. The matter was certified as a national class action and was settled for approximately $40 million.
In employment law matters, Mr. Pearson represents current and former employees against their employers for claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination under Title VII, the TCHRA, ADA, EPA, ADEA and the FMLA. He also handles lawsuits involving claims of workers’ compensation retaliation, Whistleblower claims, Sabine Pilot, civil rights violations, breach of contract and wage and hour disputes. Mr. Pearson has experience representing executives in matters including breach of contract, covenants not to compete, and separation and severance agreements. Mr. Pearson has written several articles and given lectures on employment law matters.
During law school, Mr. Pearson was an associate editor of the St. Mary’s Law Journal and interned for Hon. Eugene Cook at the Texas Supreme Court and the Hon. Emilio Garza of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is licensed to practice law in Texas as well as the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas and the Fifth Circuit.
Mr. Pearson is licensed in Texas and Colorado.
St. Mary’s University School of Law-JD
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (President-2010)
National Employment Lawyers Association
Texas Employment Lawyers Association
Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization