Bio

Matt Williams

While attending law school in Houston, Matt studied international law at the University of Leiden School of Law in the Netherlands. In The Hague, Matt was an intern for the United Nations and worked on a trial team at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2003. 


Matt also served as an intern for the chambers of Justice Richard Edelman of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston in 2004 and was a published member of the South Texas Law Review. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in November 2004. In 2013, Matt was selected to become a Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation.


Matt has a passion for international travel and adventure, having traveled through more than forty countries on five continents. Matt is bilingual, speaking both 

English and Spanish. He is married and the proud father of one daughter and triplet sons. 


EDUCATION 

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin, 1997
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, South Texas College of Law, 2004

COURT ADMISSIONS 

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

HONORS 

  • Published member of the South Texas Law Review
  • Winner of 2004 Lynne Liberato Award for Distinguished Writing
  • Nominee for the Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding Law Review Article Award in 2005
  • Member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, Wood Inn
  • Member of American Inns of Court, Garland R. Walker Inn

PUBLICATIONS 

  • James L. “Larry” Wright & M. Matthew Williams, Remember the Alamo: The Seventh Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Doctrine of Incorporation, and State Caps on Jury Awards, 45 S. Tex. L. Rev. 449 (2004)
  • Cited by Lopez v. Aramark Unif. & Career Apparel, Inc., 426 F. Supp. 2d 914, 966 n.12 (N.D. Iowa      2006).
  • Cited in the dissent of Christensen v. Grant County Hosp., 96 P.3d 957, 970 n.15 (Wash. 2004).
  • 2005 Nominee for the Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding Law Review Article Award.
  • Cited in five sections of the legal encyclopedia American Jurisprudence (Am Jur).
  • Quoted by the American Judicature Society.
  • Cited by twelve other law review articles across the nation.
  • Cited in John D. Bessler, Cruel & Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders’ Eighth Amendment (2012).

WINNING APPEALS AUTHORED OR CO- AUTHORED 

  • Gray v. Key Ranch at the Polo Club Home Owners Ass’n, Inc., S.W.3d, 2010 WL 143421 (Tex. App.—Austin, 2010, no pet.), unpublished.
  • Bruce v. Federal Nat. Mortg. Ass’n, 352 S.W.3d 891 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2011, pet. filed).
  • Puentes v. Fannie Mae, 350 S.W.3d 732 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2011, pet. dism’d).