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Matthew R. Stammel
Matthew R. Stammel
Partner — Commercial & Business Litigation
Partner — Commercial & Business Litigation

Matthew R. Stammel

Matthew R. Stammel

Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, Texas 75201

Matthew R. Stammel

Experience Highlights

  • Represented an oil and gas company in a complex contractual dispute over operatorship of over 300,000 acres and 1800 wells; secured complete victory for client after six-day trial in bankruptcy court

  • (AAA Arbitration) – Represented a private equity investor against an oil and gas company operator concerning mismanagement and faulty accounting of joint operations; secured complete victory for the client, including an award of attorneys’ fees, following a two-day arbitration

  • (S.D. Miss.) — Represented an oil and gas production company against a putative class action alleging that it had underpaid royalties to mineral owners in Mississippi; obtained an order denying class certification leading to dismissal of the case

  • Representing an independent finance company against claims by its borrowers related to the failure of the business enterprise forming the basis of the borrowing relationship; secured class certification of settlement class, expeditiously resolving most claims

  • Successfully defended a major midstream company in a jury trial in Dallas against claims that it breached a contract in connection with the closing of a gas processing plant; following a seven-day trial, the jury found in favor of the client on all counts, and judgment was rendered in its favor; the Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment

  • Represented an oil and gas producer against another oil company in a reversionary dispute in state court implicating a number of issues concerning properties in Louisiana; reached successful settlement

  • Represented an independent oil and gas company in the successful resolution of a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars arising out of the acquisition of properties throughout Texas; successfully settled

  • Represented an oil and gas producer in the successful resolution of an arbitration proceeding against the designer and builder of a gas processing plant in Wyoming

  • Represented an oilfield services firm and its executives in a dispute with other owners of the business

  • (N.D. Tex.) — Represented a cell tower company on several matters, including a case in federal court in Dallas against its key competitor, where nearly a billion dollars was at stake; before the case was successfully resolved, on the eve of trial, secured the dismissal of the competitor’s antitrust and RICO claims against the company and its executives

  • (Tex. App. – Amarillo) — Represented a major Texas city on claims brought by an energy company complaining that the city was liable for damages after the failure of a proposed power plant project; convinced the Amarillo trial court that the city was entitled to governmental immunity, and the case was dismissed; the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision in all respects

  • (Tex. App. – Austin) — Represented a real estate investment firm against a property developer in connection with a troubled real estate development in Austin, Texas; following a weeklong bench trial, judgment was entered in favor of the client, awarding the principal relief requested; the Court of Appeals affirmed the finding on the critical issue and remanded the case for an award of attorney’s fees to the client

  • Helped a major real estate services firm to the successful resolution of fraud and negligence claims brought in connection with the acquisition and promotion of development project in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Lead lawyer for a broker dealer in various cases securing the protection of client lists and other trade secrets

  • Secured a complete jury verdict in favor of a financial services client on claims for breach of contract and deceptive trade practices

  • (E.D. Tex.) — On a pro bono basis, secured the return of a Peruvian woman’s children to Peru following their abduction to Texas


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1997 (Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review)
  • Drake University, B.A. summa cum laude, 1994 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Richard P. Matsch, U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado, Denver, 1997–1998
  • Chambers USA, Oil & Gas Litigation (Nationwide), 2020–2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Commercial Litigation (Dallas), 2014–2024
  • Legal 500 U.S., Energy Litigation, 2011, 2012, 2019, and 2020; Energy Litigation: Oil & Gas, 2019–2023
  • Selected to the 500 Leading Energy Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2023 and 2024
  • Selected to the 500 Leading Litigators in America, Lawdragon, 2023 and 2024
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013–2023
  • Selected to the BTI Client Service All-Stars list, 2020
  • Fellow: International Society of Barristers
  • Member: American Bar Association; Dallas Bar Association
  • Colorado
  • Texas
  • all U.S. District Courts in Texas
  • “Alexa: Waive the Attorney-Client Privilege for Me,” The Advocate, State Bar Litigation Section Report, Technology and Litigation Practice, Volume 96, Fall 2021 (co-author)
  • An Agreement to Agree Is No Agreement At All,” Headnotes: Antitrust & Trade/Business Litigation, Dallas Bar Association, October 2019, pg. 22 (co-author)
  • “The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance,” V&E Houston Office, June 12, 2019 (speaker)
  • “The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance,” V&E Dallas Office, June 5, 2019 (speaker)
  • “The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance,” V&E Austin Office, May 28, 2019 (speaker)
  • “Who Is Responsible for Cleaning up the Mess?: Indemnities in the Oil Patch,” Texas Journal of Oil & Gas and Energy Law (TJOGEL) Symposium, February 1, 2018 (speaker)
  • “Protecting Your Client’s Confidential Information,” Headnotes: Family Law, Dallas Bar Association, October 2015 (co-author)
  • “Federal Trade Commission Launches Investigation of Oil and Gas Markets,” V&E Insights—What’s In the News, and Why It Matters to You, August 2011
  • “Email Through the Eyes of Judges and Juries,” 2015 (presentations to in-house counsel)