Matthew S. C. Moore


Matthew S. C. Moore



Houston, Texas

Phone: 713.653.5720

Fax: 713-890-3951

Practice Areas:

Construction law

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Matthew S. C. Moore

Matt is a Director in the Construction/Surety and Litigation sections.  He has been selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Texas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists in the area of construction litigation. Matt joined Coats Rose as a Director in August 2013.

Practice Emphasis

Matt’s law practice focuses on construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He represents owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on a wide variety of construction-related issues, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, mechanic’s liens, contractual and statutory indemnity, payment and performance bonds, collections, fraud, extra work, construction defects, contract termination, differing site conditions, bid protests, bid mistakes, delay and disruption claims, in both the public and private sectors. Matt also regularly drafts and reviews contract documents.


  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  • Texas Tech School of Law


  • 2006, State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court of Texas for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section
  • Governing Council Member, Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 2010-Present
  • Member, Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Associated General Contractors – Houston Chapter, Education Committee (Chair) & Government Affairs Committee (member)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors- Greater Houston Chapter, Contractors’ Committee
  • American Subcontractors Association – Houston Chapter

Representative Engagements

  • Represented a prominent HVAC manufacturer in the contract negotiations for its $417 million manufacturing campus
  • Successfully represented a religious institution in a jury trial against a restoration contractor relating to repairs to campuses damaged by Hurricane Ike
  • Successfully represented general contractor in arbitration seeking backcharges in excess of $700,000
  • Successfully represented public works contractor in a Debarment Proceeding by the City of Houston
  • Successfully represented subcontractor in arbitration against claims brought by a general contractor seeking to recover over half a million dollars in backcharges
  • Defense of general contractor in a multi-party, multi-million dollar construction defect dispute
  • Successfully represented clients in bench and jury trials concerning breach of contract claims and construction trust fund violations
  • Defended against and prosecuted temporary restraining orders
  • Represented an owner/developer in a suit against the project architect and the structural engineer concerning architectural and structural design problems with large apartment complex in Austin, Texas
  • Negotiated numerous settlement agreements on behalf of construction suppliers against subcontractors who fail to pay for materials purchased
  • Defense of glass subcontractor in a multi-party, multi-million dollar construction defect dispute
  • Represented concrete subcontractor in connection with a multi-million dollar dispute involving a wrongful termination claim against the general contractor on a major hotel project in San Antonio
  • Represented subcontractor in a multi-million dollar dispute arising out of the construction of liquefied natural gas facilities in Louisiana
  • Successfully represented general contractor in arbitration against an owner concerning delay, change order and increased costs on a design-build project

Legislative Experience

  • Assisted in the drafting of the 2009 revisions to the Texas Construction Trust Fund Statute
  • Testified during public hearing on Senate bill relating to the award of costs and attorney’s fees in certain proceedings concerning mechanics and materialmans’ liens

Speeches and Publications

  • “Dealing with Bid Mistakes,” American Subcontractors Association – Houston Chapter, October 2014
  • “Liability for Defects and Failures,” HalfMoon Seminar, March 2014
  • “Collections: Get it Right from the Start,” American Subcontractors Association – Houston Chapter, March 2014
  • “Managing Construction Projects: A Legal Perspective,” American Subcontractors Association – Houston Chapter, January 2014
  • “The Successful Preparation and Use of Construction Experts,” The Basic Course in Texas Construction Law, November 2013
  • “Killer Contract Clauses in Construction,” Roofing Contractors Association of Texas 37th Annual Conference and Tradeshow, September 2012
  • “What Young Lawyers Should Know About Mediation,” Panel Discussion, The 2012 Annual Conference on ADR
  • “Texas Legislative Wrap-up,” Build Houston, August 2011
  • “Removeables, Liens and Foreclosures,” National Association of Credit Management, April 2011
  • “E.I.F.S. after Fresh Coat v. K-2, Inc.: Enforcing Indemnity for Sellers in Products Liability Actions,” State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference, March 2011 (co-author)
  • “Conquering the Ever Changing World of Change Orders,” American Subcontractors Association, Houston Chapter, 2010
  • “Texas Legislative Wrap-Up,” Build Houston, December 2009/January 2010
  • “Professional Liability Insurance: It’s Not Just for Architects and Engineers,” Build Houston, June/July 2009 (co-author)
  • “Legal Aspects of Building Codes,” Lorman Seminar, May 2009
  • “Bankruptcy Law’s Effect on the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act and Texas Lien & Bond Claims,” Associated Builders and Contractors, Fall 2008 (co-author)
  • “House Bills Affecting the Construction Industry”, San Antonio Construction News, August 2005 (co-author)
  • “General Contractor Warranties,” San Antonio Construction News, September 2005 (co-author)

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Texas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list in the area of construction litigation
  • Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation since 2015