Matthew D. Durham
Texas Tech University School of Law, JD, 2006
Texas Tech University, Master of Public Administration, 2006
University of Oklahoma, BA, Political Science, with honors, 2003
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Matt’s practice is concentrated on the interests of the financial services
industry. His litigation and trial practice includes representing and counseling
lenders on matters regarding increasingly complex loan modifications and
Matt is experienced in civil and administrative advocacy. Prior to joining
McGuireWoods, Matt served as legal counsel for a Texas municipality. There, his
practice focused largely on defense against state claims brought under the Texas
Tort Claims Act and federal claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Matt also
previously practiced at an energy law boutique where he represented both
corporate and individual clients before the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Matt earned a law degree and a master’s degree in public administration from
Texas Tech University. While in the joint degree program, Matt assisted
non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) formation and grant writing. Matt
continues to look for ways to serve his community.
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Represented a trade association of competitive retail electric providers in a
rulemaking proceeding that established the companies’ required disclosures to
Represented a group of landowners in the first proceeding to route electric
transmission lines within Texas’ Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ);
successfully prevented the lines from traversing their properties.
Negotiated and drafted economic incentive agreements on behalf of a
municipality, including incentives for a retail-anchored development and a data
Represented a city before the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in an
appeal of a tax deficiency notice.
Advised city on its brief in opposition to a petition for writ of certiorari
to the U.S. Supreme Court involving an excessive force/Section 1983 case; the
Court denied the petition and upheld the Fifth Circuit’s favorable ruling.
Defended a municipality in a premises defect claim and later successfully defended the
trial court’s dismissal of that claim in the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals.
Presenter, "Early Litigation Options in Municipal Litigation, or PTJ, MTD, MSJ, GTHO," Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 18, 2015