ATTORNEYS

Matt Williams

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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).

David Howell, Attorney Of Counsel

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Licensed to practice both in California (1993) and Texas (2011), David is an accomplished attorney with expertise in diverse legal areas and business matters. David has worked extensively within land use and real estate transactions and litigation, business entity creation and governance,

 estate planning and estate administration, marketing, sales, 

and engineering support. 


As Attorney Of Counsel, David focuses on the following:


  • Failed sales transactions including failure to disclose cases; wrongful foreclosure; breach of lease; etc. 
  • Comprehensive litigation documentation and strategy, including all aspects of discovery in complex litigation. 
  • Coordination with expert witnesses.
  • Representation of clients and contractors in relation to home renovation projects. 
  • Leads negotiations between homeowners and homeowner associations. 
  • All aspects of business representation and formation; David advises clients on business entity creation and prepares forms and documents for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, etc.. 
  • Advises on and prepares employment and independent contractor agreements. 
  • Negotiates commercial leases and provides trademark advice.
  • David has many years of experience in all aspects of estate planning including the drafting of trusts, powers of attorney, and complex planning for coordination with benefits. 


EDUCATION


JD, 1993, University of California, Davis, School of Law

BA, 1990, University of California, Santa Cruz, Political Science


COURT ADMISSIONS


State Bar of Texas & California State Bar Association


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


Boy Scouts of America

Assistant Scoutmaster/Founder, Troop 72, Scouts BSA 2019

Cubmaster, Cub Scouts Pack 29, 2015-2018

Den Leader, Cub Scouts Pack 79, 2018-2019

Den Leader, Cub Scouts Pack 29, 2014-2015

Ruth Stepherson, Attorney Of Counsel

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Ruth is an accomplished business litigator who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in contract, banking litigation, DTPA claims, and other commercial disputes. She demonstrates courage in the courtroom and wisdom in her case preparation.  


As a former construction business owner, she garners trust from her clients when administering transaction advice and provides support when there are litigation claims.  


As Attorney Of Counsel, Ruth brings her extensive experience in the following to the table:


  • Overseeing of construction contracts, design-build contracts, construction management agreements, negotiations, purchase and sale contracts, option agreements, easements, leases, operating and maintenance agreements.
  • Of Counsel for project financing, facility purchases of property and equipment, and general contracts. 
  • Legal management of mergers and acquisitions, dissolutions, financing agreements, risk management strategies, commercial real estate transactions, and debt actions.
  • Advising clients in matters of corporate compliance or litigation involving regulatory agencies.
  • Strong Appellant practice: U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, and Texas 3rd Court of Appeals.  


EDUCATION

Doctor of Jurisprudence. Saint Mary’s Law School, San Antonio, TX, 2006

Master of Arts Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX, 1999


COURT ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas

United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Gateway Church Member and Volunteer

YMCA of Austin Member and Supporter

PARALEGAL

Pennie Blake

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Pennie received her Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies in 1997. 


While obtaining her degree, Pennie was an active member of the Law Association as Secretary and a Phi Theta 

Kappa Honor Society member. She is a Dean's List recipient. Pennie was recognized for her work to raise money for legal 

services and the community events she held within her communities during the holiday season.  


Pennie has a diverse 22-year legal background working in Texas and Washington. She has experience in state, federal, and appellant courts. Pennie is a Notary Public for the State of Texas and a member of the Paralegal Division for the State 

Bar of Texas and the Capital Area Paralegal Association.


Pennie has four children, three step-children, and seven grandchildren.  

She has a passion for animals, traveling, history, gardening, running, and spending time with her family.