Matthew A. Nowak







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Matt's litigation experience encompasses several fields: legal malpractice, commercial, construction, class actions, employment, tort, nonsubscriber, insurance defense, and criminal. He learned the art of trial advocacy while working as an Assistant District Attorney for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office for more than three and a half years, during which time he litigated more than 100 jury trials. He was the lead prosecutor in numerous felony trials that resulted in convictions for aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, murder, and aggravated sexual assault. After leaving the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Matt honed his civil litigation skills while working for the law firms DeHay & Elliston, LLP and McCathern Mooty, LLP. In the civil arena, Matt focused on personal injury defense, nonsubscriber, and commercial litigation where he successfully tried and defended numerous cases to defense verdicts in Dallas, Ft. Worth, El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, and East Texas on behalf of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, Texas Stadium Corporation and Dal-Tile Corporation. In addition to trying cases to juries, Matt played an integral part in the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in several commercial class action lawsuits, including the defense of a $250 million dollar class action suit against the Dallas Cowboys under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Matt has received an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system – the highest rating available. The designation recognizes Matt for high ethical standards and "very high to preeminent legal abilities."

Matt was born in San Francisco, California in 1968. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, with Honors, from the University of Denver in 1990. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Matt worked for Arthur Andersen & Company auditing oil and gas, manufacturing and utility companies. He later earned a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in 1995, where he was a distinguished member of the Board of Advocates, as well as a member of the SMU National ABA Mock Trial Team. Matt was licensed to practice in the State of Texas in November, 1995. He is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Texas, the federal district courts for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas, as well as the federal district courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. In addition to the State Bar of Texas, Matt is a current member of the Dallas Bar Association. While being an attorney drives Matt, his true passion and love are his children Austin, Gabe, and Rem.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Tort
  • Nonsubscriber
  • Criminal

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • Juris Doctorate - 1995
    • Honors: Member, Board of Advocates
    • Honors: Member, SMU National ABA Mock Trial Team
  • University of Denver
    • Bachelor of Science - 1990
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Accounting

Honors and Awards

  • "AV" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member