James Matthew Dow
…I’m going to make a long speech because I’ve not had time to prepare a short one.
Sir Winston Churchill
Matt Dow is a trial lawyer and the Managing Partner of the Austin office. In his over 30 years of practice, Matt has gained extensive experience representing clients in business disputes, agency administrative and litigation matters, and labor & employment matters at both the trial and appellate levels. With more than 35 cases tried, including over a dozen first chair jury trials, Matt delivers effective advocacy and value management to his clients.
B.A., Baylor University
J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- In 2018, represented a data center sued by a cryptocurrency hosting company seeking more than $30 million in damages. Jackson Walker, led by Matt, successfully defeated the plaintiff’s request for an injunction enjoining the collection of rent.
- In November 2017, concluded a six-year battle with the Texas Medical Board on behalf of Teladoc, an industry leader in telemedicine. During that time, Jackson Walker successfully prosecuted three different lawsuits, four injunction hearings, and one appeal; thereby allowing Teladoc to continue doing business in Texas.
- In 2015, successfully negotiated a redemption agreement on behalf of a closely held corporation and the remaining shareholders thereby avoiding a costly and lengthy lawsuit.
- In 2011, successfully represented a quasi-governmental entity in Texas facing constitutional challenges. 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 FLSA 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 $50 million in damages. Jackson Walker successfully transferred the case to Texas, defeated the competitor’s request for a preliminary injunction and defeated the competitor’s motion for summary judgment. The case was eventually resolved to the parties’ mutual satisfaction.
- 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 the owner of a commercial office building in a jury trial involving breach of contract and city code violations.
- Represented nationwide insurance company in MDL class action case under the FLSA.
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
- Ranked for Litigation: General Commercial – Texas: Austin & Surrounds, 2021
- The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.)
- Commercial Litigation, 2012-2021
- Health Care Law, 2021
- Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2021
- Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2006-2020
- Super Lawyers – Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2006-2009, 2012
- Austin Parks Foundation, Board Member
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- State Bar of Texas
- Austin Bar Association – Litigation and Employment Law Sections
- American Bar Association – Litigation and Employment Law Sections
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Austin Bar Foundation, Fellow