Matt grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Baylor University in 1989 with a BBA in Finance. In 1992, Matt graduated from the University of Tulsa School of Law and started working as a legislative assistant for United States Congressman Sam Johnson. After his admission to the State Bar of Texas, Matt accepted a position as a felony prosecutor with the Potter County District Attorney’s Office in Amarillo, Texas. Wanting to move closer to home, he accepted a position with the Smith County District Attorney’s Office in 1995. Over the next 23 years at the Smith County DA’s Office, Matt handled tens of thousands of cases, not only as an Assistant District Attorney, and First Assistant District Attorney, but also as the Elected District Attorney.
Matt served as the Elected District Attorney of Smith County from 2003-2018. He retired from public service to open his own law practice in December 2018. Matt has the distinction of being the longest serving prosecutor in Smith County history. As a prosecutor, Matt was known for his ability to connect with the jury and for his intense cross examination skills. During his 23 years at the Smith County DA’s Office, he successfully tried before a jury over 150 felony cases, including over twenty-five murder, capital murder and death penalty cases.
As a prosecutor, Matt was passionate about the victims in his cases. That passion for victims carries on in his private practice. For 23 years, Matt has believed, and applied the concept, that you handle every case like you would want it handled if the victim were your loved one. Matt brings the same work ethic, trial skills, values and beliefs with him in to private practice.
Matt is relentless when getting cases ready for trial. Not only by anticipating, addressing and preparing for the other party’s tactics, but also in tenaciously attacking every detail and issue in the case. Matt’s trial experience, and attention to preparation, has been the cornerstone of his success as a trial lawyer.
Matt enjoys trying cases before a jury. “I love the opportunity to speak to juries, present my case and convince them to see it my way. I have great respect for our jury system. It’s been my experience that when presented with the evidence, and compelling arguments, juries arrive at the right result. Juries have to see and believe that you are passionate about, and believe in, your case.”
Matt is now focused on civil litigation, including wrongful death and personal injury cases. Matt is happy to be representing victims in the civil arena as a Personal Inury Attorney and Criminal Law Attorney in the Tyler, Texas area. He loves meeting with new clients and learning about them and hearing their stories. Matt considers it an honor to passionately fight for his clients, by utilizing the skills he has learned successfully representing tens of thousands of victims over the past 23 years.