Matthew L. Motes has been with Decker Jones for more than six years in two stints, but he has been representing clients in real estate and construction disputes for more than 20 years. He focuses primarily on the contractor-side, and has litigated to verdict, judgment or arbitration award more than 35 cases. He is described as direct and practical in his problem solving approaches, and a straight shooter with his clients about expectations and regulations of litigation.
Matt grew up in the Houston area, but once newly married to Liz, they got to Fort Worth as fast as they could in 1998. While the law keeps him plenty busy, he finds time to spend with his two daughters and charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Rotary and his local church.
Which legal case in American history do you see as the most influential? Why?
Marbury v. Madison. This is the judicial review that gave power to the third branch of government – the judicial branch – to oversee the legislative and executive branches. While it has eroded away recently, it is still a critical part of our democratic government.
What inspired you to become an attorney?
Advanced Social Studies problems class and Debate my senior year of high school.
What is your most significant professional achievement?
I was co-counsel in a case win which the jury awarded our client $40 million; a close second was to win a case for a church that kept the church building against a greedy pastor.
What motivates you?
The desire to do the best job I can for my clients. Success is a driver as well.
What are the major challenges facing young attorneys?
Lack of trial opportunities. Two of our young associates tried a dog bark – not bite – case in municipal court to get an opportunity.
Do you have a specialty area of practice?
Construction Law, representing general contractors, builders, subcontractors, developers, suppliers and, occasionally, owners regarding construction issues ranging from a few thousand dollars into the millions.
– Paul Harral