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Matthew C. Hoffman
Matthew C. Hoffman
Senior Associate — Commercial & Business Litigation
Senior Associate — Commercial & Business Litigation

Matthew C. Hoffman

Matthew C. Hoffman
Houston

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

Matthew C. Hoffman

Matt is a commercial litigator who has represented and advised clients in numerous commercial disputes in federal and state court and in private arbitration. He has litigated a range of commercial cases, including contract disputes, energy litigation, construction disputes, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, and securities litigation.

Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Matt served as a law clerk to Judge David Hittner in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Experience Highlights

  • (AAA Arbitration) – Won a complete defense award for the owner of a midstream bulk liquids terminal after a two-and-a-half week arbitration against the former operator of the terminal; the operator sought $27 million in lost profits damages, plus attorneys’ fees, after our client terminated its contract for performance issues. The operator recovered nothing on its claims, and was ordered to pay damages our client incurred in connection with the operator’s performance.  At trial, cross examined Claimant’s liability expert witness and key fact witnesses and direct examined multiple fact witnesses, including our client’s corporate representative. 

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris County) – Argued and prevailed on a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 500 pipeline company, obtaining the complete dismissal of all claims asserted by a pipeline maintenance company for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, RICO, and tortious interference in connection with the plaintiff’s acquisition and operation of a pipeline maintenance company

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris County) – Argued and prevailed on a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a commercial real estate company, obtaining the complete dismissal of all claims for breach of contract and nuisance asserted by a neighboring property owner in connection with our client’s development and expansion of a regional distribution center. Presented oral arguments on appeal to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, which affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment in full

  • (Tex. Dist. – Jefferson County) – Argued and prevailed on a motion for summary judgment on behalf of one of the largest construction companies in the United States, obtaining the complete dismissal of all claims for breach of contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation asserted by a construction subcontractor in connection with our client’s construction of a liquid natural gas terminal along the Texas Gulf Coast

  • (AAA Arbitration) – Obtained a seven-figure (net) arbitration award for the developer of an underground natural gas storage facility in Brazil against the project’s reservoir engineering contractor in connection with the engineering contractor’s performance of front end engineering and design services; cross examined Claimant’s expert witness on damages and fact witnesses and direct examined our client’s corporate representative at the arbitration hearing

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris County) – Defended a Fortune 500 energy company in a jury trial against claims arising from an alleged catastrophic injury sustained by a contractor at our client’s chemical plant.  Following the presentation of Plaintiff’s case and our cross examination of Plaintiff’s witnesses, the case ended in a favorable settlement for our client.  At trial, served as second-chair trial counsel, cross examining fact witnesses and handling pre-trial motions

  • (Tex. Dist. – Hidalgo County) – Obtained complete dismissal pursuant to Chapter 95 of the Civil Practice & Remedies Code of all claims asserted against a Fortune 500 energy company in a wrongful death lawsuit arising from the death of a contractor at our client’s oil-drilling site.  During same case, obtained the complete dismissal of cross-claims asserted against our client for business disparagement and defamation

  • Representing a Central American public authority in an ICC arbitration (Miami seat)  over a dispute arising from a contract

  • (Tex. Dist. – Starr County) – Part of a team that prevailed on multiple motions for partial summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 500 energy company defending against alleged underpayment of royalty claims brought by a group of royalty owners pursuant to the Texas Relinquishment Act

  • (S.D. Ill.) – Representing a Fortune 500 pipeline company in a putative class action brought by landowners alleging damages resulting from an oil spill

  • (S.D. Tex.) – Represented a Fortune 500 biotechnology company against alleged radiation contamination claims brought under the Price Anderson Act.  The matter was resolved with a favorable settlement prior to trial

  • (S.D. Tex.) – Represented an oilfield services company against claims for breach of contract and fraud arising from the client’s acquisition of the company brought by the company’s prior owners.  The matter was resolved with a favorable settlement prior to trial.

  • (AAA Arbitration) – Represented an international construction company in asserting breach of contract claims against a project owner arising from the client’s construction of an ammonia plant along the Texas Gulf Coast.  The matter was resolved with a favorable settlement prior to proceeding to an arbitration hearing.

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris County) – Represented a Fortune 500 midstream energy company in asserting breach of contract claims against the operator of a midstream rail terminal owned by the client.  The matter was resolved with a favorable settlement prior to trial.

Credentials

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. cum laude, 2012 (Editor in Chief, Houston Law Review; Distinguished Service Award; Order of the Barons; Order of the Scribes)
  • The University of Texas, B.A., Government and History, 2007
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable David Hittner, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, 2012–2014
  • Director: Houston Law Review Board of Directors
  • Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
  • Associate Editor of The Advocate, the State Bar of Texas’s Quarterly Litigation Publication
  • Past Co-Chair of Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Polls Committee
  • Member: Houston Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • “Notable Issues in Federal Summary Judgment Practice,” The Advocate: State Bar of Texas Litigation Publication, Summer 2014 (co-author with the Honorable David Hittner)
  • “Summary Judgment Practice in Federal and State Court,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, Summer 2014 (presenter)
  • “Unraveling the Jurisdictional Citizenship of Master Limited Partnerships,” 4 HLRe 127, Spring 2014
  • “An Introduction to Federal Court Procedure,” Attorney Admissions Workshop, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, November 2013 (presenter)
  • “LAW REVIEW: the First Fifty Years of Hous. L. Rev.”  Book published by the Houston Law Review (2014) and printed in Volume 50, Issues 1–5 of the Houston Law Review (2013)
  • “Fast’s Four Factors: A Solution to Similarly Situated Discovery Disputes in FLSA Collective Actions,” 49 Hous. L. Rev. 491 (2012) (cited in: Elliott v. Schlumberger Tech. Corp., 2015 WL 13740759 (D.N.D. June 15, 2015); Winkler v. Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., 2014 WL 12596498 (N.D. Tex. July 10, 2014); Rivera v. UBM Enter., Inc., 2014 WL 462586 (N.D. Tex. Feb. 5, 2014)).