Matt R. Talley

Partner
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From drafting and negotiating contracts to evaluating insurance policies to crafting dispute resolution strategies, Matt identifies and attacks potential points of weakness before opportunists have time to exploit them.

Overview

When Matt counsels industry clients in transactions, disputes, or insurance issues, he operates from the place where business and legal issues overlap. By integrating both perspectives into his work, he guides his clients through an inherently complex, dynamic, and high-stakes legal terrain. In a field as intricate as construction, almost no question is purely legal, or purely business. With this hybrid perspective always in mind, Matt brings an exceptionally creative and multifaceted approach to solving problems.

Matt routinely drafts and negotiates complex construction contracts and professional services agreements, and he has a thorough understanding of the AIA, EJCDC, ConsensusDocs, and DBIA industry templates, which he adapts to address each specific client and project. He also represents owners, general contractors, and design professionals in complex litigation and disputes. In addition, he assists corporate policy holders in the evaluation of insurance coverage issues for both first-party and third-party insurance, and he reviews and drafts risk management provisions in commercial agreements.

Matt’s track record in these distinct but deeply connected disciplines—construction-related transactional law, litigation, and insurance—makes him an exceptionally versatile, multifaceted, and knowledgeable advisor to his clients’ teams. His deep insurance knowledge is particularly valuable. Insurance is a key risk management tool in a construction project, and his capabilities in this field help clients with risk transfer and mitigation. Matt assists them in structuring their insurance programs, developing insurance requirements for project participants, and obtaining the maximum benefit from the insurance coverage in place at the time issues arise. And because he understands coverage on the back end, he knows what issues matter on the front end when he is reviewing contracts.

Regardless of the situation, Matt digs in to serve his role as an instrumental, trusted member of each client’s team. In helping demystify sources of risk and anxiety, Matt is especially skilled at breaking complex issues down into succinct, actionable assessments that allow clients to make meaningful, informed decisions, all in service to solving the problem at hand.

In his spare time, Matt is all about sports and his family. He’s a lifelong fan of the Longhorns and San Antonio Spurs, and he enjoys biking, golf, basketball, running, and fishing.

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Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston (2008) 
  • B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin (2005) 

Licenses & Certifications

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
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