…I’m going to make a long speech because I’ve not had time to prepare a short one.
Sir Winston Churchill

Biography

Matt Dow is a trial lawyer and the Managing Partner of the Austin office. Having tried over 30 cases, including more than a dozen first chair jury trials, Matt brings his clients effective advocacy and attention to the bottom line. Whether defending a publishing company in a $10 million trade secret/non-compete case or successfully representing a telemedicine company against the Texas Medical Board, Matt values his clients and does not take for granted the financial and emotional toll of being in a lawsuit.  Trials are expensive, and Matt knows that success for a client starts with understanding the client’s business and goals and then meeting those goals within the client’s budget.

Career Highlights

  • On May 29, 2015, obtained a preliminary injunction temporarily halting an amended rule, based on its anticompetitive effects, which include increased prices, reduced patient choice and access, reduced innovation, and reduced availability of physician services Teladoc v. Tex. Med. Bd., No. 1:15-cv-00343-RP, slip op. at 8-9 (W.D. Tex. May 29, 2015).
  • In 2015, successfully negotiated a redemption agreement (business divorce) on behalf of a closely held corporation and the remaining shareholders thereby avoiding a costly, nasty, and lengthy lawsuit.
  • In 2015, obtained injunctive relief against the Texas Medical Board on behalf of the largest telemedicine company in the U.S. The Travis County District Court enjoined the Texas Medical Board from implementing and enforcing an emergency rule for failing to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act.
  • In 2014, successfully defended a large Texas truck dealership in an administrative dispute at the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission with a publicly traded manufacturer.
  • In 2014, successfully represented the largest telemedicine company in the U.S. in a dispute with the Texas Medical Board when the Austin Court of Appeals rendered judgment in favor of Matt’s client, allowing the client to continue doing business in Texas. Teladoc, Inc. v. Tex. Med. Bd., 453 S.W.3d 606, 608-13 (Tex. App—Austin 2014, pet. filed).
  • In 2013, represented an individual in a trade secrets case brought by the former employer, a publicly traded company from New Jersey. Jackson Walker was successful in defeating the competitor’s request for a temporary injunction.
  • In 2011, successfully represented a nationwide telehealth company which was threatened by the Texas Medical Board. Jackson Walker obtained an injunction allowing its client to continue doing business in Texas.
  • In 2011, successfully represented a quasi-governmental entity in Texas which faced various constitutional and due process challenges as well as an open meetings challenge. Jackson Walker obtained a summary judgment disposing of all of the claims. In 2012, after the defendants appealed to the Austin Court of Appeals, Jackson Walker, led by Matt, obtained a successful outcome with the Court of Appeals affirming the trial court’s decision, Garza, et al. v. Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Found., Inc., 03-11-00787-CV, 2012 WL 6726685 (Tex. App.—Austin Dec. 19, 2012, no. pet.).
  • In 2010, represented a nationwide home builder in a collective action FLSA case filed in federal court against the home builder. Plaintiffs claimed that the home builder violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay overtime. The matter was eventually settled.
  • In 2010, represented a local start-up company in a trade secrets case brought by a competitor in federal court in California. The competitor sought damages in excess of $50 million. Jackson Walker was successful in having the case transferred to Texas, defeating the competitor’s request for a preliminary injunction after a day-long evidentiary hearing and defeating the competitor’s motion for summary judgment. The case was eventually resolved to the parties’ mutual satisfaction.
  • In this jury trial between the plaintiff/employee and her former employer, Matt defended the defendant/employer against claims for a declaratory judgment, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiff sought actual and punitive damages. During the third day of trial, Matt was able to negotiate a favorable settlement for his client and obtain a dismissal of the case. The case was tried in the 33rd Judicial District Court of San Saba County, Texas.
  • In one of the first non-compete trials in Travis County, successfully represented employee at a two-week jury trial on the former employer’s claim for $10 million in damages for theft of trade secrets and unfair competition.
  • Successfully represented large telecommunications company in a federal court jury trial in a race and age discrimination case.
  • Successfully represented local owner of commercial office building in a jury trial on claims of breach of contract and city code violations.
  • Represented nationwide insurance company in MDL class action case under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Successfully argued at the trial court and appellate court the licensing of a multi-million dollar cattle feedlot operation.

Community

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association – Litigation and Employment Law Sections
  • American Bar Association – Litigation and Employment Law Sections
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Austin Bar Foundation, Fellow

News & Events

  • Attorney News

    53 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to 2017 ‘Texas Super Lawyers’ List

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    Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 94 Jackson Walker Attorneys

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates its 54 Attorneys Added to ‘2016 Texas Super Lawyers’ List

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  • Mentions

    Jackson Walker Named Finalist for ‘Global Competition Review’ Award

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    Matt Dow Elected to Greater Austin Economic Development Corporation Board

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    Matt Dow Profiled in ‘Austin Business Journal’

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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    Making the Case for His Clients

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Again Ranked as Austin’s Largest Law Firm

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    Jackson Walker Hosts Inaugural Globalaw Managing Partner Forum

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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    Jackson Walker Ranked Austin’s Largest Law Firm for Third Straight Year

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    Jackson Walker Represents JPMorgan Chase in Putative Class Action

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