• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • University of Texas School of Law
      J.D., with honors, 2006
    • University of Texas
      B.A. in American Studies, 2003
    • Texas Culinary Academy
      Associate, in Culinary Arts, 1996
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • Texas
  • CLERKSHIP+

Marc Matthews

Marc Matthews practices in the areas of admiralty and tort litigation with a special emphasis in defending vessel owners and operators from claims arising under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, as well as from claims arising from vessel collisions and cargo damage. He has extensive experience in the arrest and seizure of vessels in the federal courts, both from the standpoint of arresting vessels and from the standpoint of obtaining the release of arrested vessels.

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Marc Matthews practices in the areas of admiralty and tort litigation with a special emphasis in defending vessel owners and operators from claims arising under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, as well as from claims arising from vessel collisions and cargo damage. He has extensive experience in the arrest and seizure of vessels in the federal courts, both from the standpoint of arresting vessels and from the standpoint of obtaining the release of arrested vessels.

In addition to his maritime practice, Mr. Matthews has substantial experience in handling commercial contract disputes (in both land-based and maritime contexts) and insurance subrogation.

Experience

  • Successfully represented the owner and operator of an AHTS vessel against a federal lawsuit brought by a pipeline operator in the Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline, located in 2,000 feet of water, incurred damages of more than $25 million. The matter settled during the third week of trial for the same amount offered by Mr. Matthews’ client at mediation prior to trial.
  • Recently obtained a complete defense verdict for his client, arising out of an alleged on-the-job injury to a pipeline control room operator. After a three-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict within half an hour.
  • Defended an offshore supply boat operator in connection with Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims brought by the client’s vessel captains following a piracy attack and vessel boarding off the coast of Africa.
  • Recently defended his client in a vessel collision case resulting in personal injury onboard the plaintiff’s vessel and substantial damage to both vessels. Extensive negotiations followed by mediation resulted in a net payment to his client to settle the dispute.
  • Defended a tanker operator from claims arising out of a vessel collision and large oil spill in the Sabine-Neches Waterway. The defense team filed a limitation action in federal court pursuant to the Limitation of Liability Act. More than 15,000 claimants (most of them proceeding without the assistance of counsel) filed claims in the limitation action, alleging toxic tort injuries.
  • Defended numerous cases involving the unfortunate deaths of Jones Act seamen and longshoremen, and has defended many more cases of serious injury to maritime and land-based workers.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas (Board of Directors)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Houston Mariners Club

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • H Texas - Houston's Top Lawyers