Matthew R. Pearson

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Partner

Practice Areas & Expertise

Mr. Pearson has 20 years of experience litigating matters in federal and state courts throughout Texas and the United States. He has extensive experience in cases involving insurance law, employment law, construction defects and business and commercial law, and has earned a reputation for successfully representing his clients in the courtroom. Mr. Pearson was recognized by Verdict Search for receiving the largest insurance verdict in Texas two years in a row–2011 and 2012. Verdict Search also recognized Mr. Pearson for receiving the second largest employment verdict in Texas in 2012. Learn more about the 2011 $3.9 million dollar verdict here. Read more about the Gravely & Pearson 2012 $1.4 million verdict here.

Mr. Pearson’s insurance law practice involves representing policyholders (individuals and businesses) against insurance companies in individual cases and collective or class actions. He has handled hundreds of individual cases against insurance companies involving claims of breach of contract, bad faith, Insurance Code violations and Deceptive Trade Practices Act violations. Representative clients include homeowners, apartment complexes, condominiums, commercial buildings, museums, historical buildings, schools and hospitals. Mr. Pearson also writes articles and frequently speaks on insurance law issues.

In employment law matters, Mr. Pearson represents current and former employees against their employers for claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination under Title VII, the TCHRA, ADA, EPA, ADEA and the FMLA. He also handles lawsuits involving claims of workers’ compensation retaliation, Whistleblower claims, Sabine Pilot, civil rights violations, breach of contract and wage and hour disputes. Mr. Pearson has experience representing executives in matters including breach of contract, covenants not to compete, and separation and severance agreements. Mr. Pearson has written several articles and given lectures on employment law matters.

Mr. Pearson’s construction law experience involves representing homeowners and commercial property owners against general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and developers for claims of negligence, breach of contract and other construction defects. He has represented owners of single family and multi-family properties, condominiums, hotels, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, schools and other government buildings.

Mr. Pearson represents business client in individual and class action cases. Business disputes have involved claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation, fraud, deceptive marketing, securities violations and civil RICO. Mr. Pearson recently represented a class of small and large businesses against Verisign, Inc. for marketing of digital encryption certificates. The matter was certified as a national class action and was settled for approximately $40 million.

During law school, Mr. Pearson was an associate editor of the Law Journal and interned for Hon. Eugene Cook at the Texas Supreme Court and the Hon. Emilio Garza of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is licensed to practice law in Texas as well as the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas and the Fifth Circuit.

Education

University of Texas-BBA in Finance

St. Mary’s University School of Law-JD

Professional Affiliations

American Board of Trial Advocates

American Association for Justice

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association

President-2010

Board of Directors

SATLA PAC Board of Trustees

National Employment Lawyers Association

Texas Employment Lawyers Association

Board Certifications

Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2000