J. Matt Rowan

Of Counsel


Matt Rowan is a civil litigation attorney with extensive statewide experience in health law, corporate litigation, oil and gas litigation, employment law, eminent domain pipeline condemnation litigation, intellectual property litigation, and probate matters.

Matt has tried over 25 cases to juries and before judges in Texas; argued appellate briefs before the 10th and 12th Courts of Appeals in Texas, and briefed arguments to the Texas Supreme Court.  Matt has significant experience in trial work, corporate governance, medical negligence litigation, and myriad other areas of civil trial law.

Matt has been selected as a “Texas Rising Star” by the Texas Super Lawyers/Texas Monthly Magazine beginning in 2009 through 2016.  Matt was also recognized as the Outstanding Young Lawyer for Smith County in 2010.  He served as President of the Smith County Bar Association from 2013-2014 and has been on the Board of the Smith County Bar Association since 2008.  He has chaired the Mentoring Program for Smith County since 2015 and also organized the Law Day Lunch for Smith County for four years.

Matt is also involved in the community in Smith County.  He is presently on the Board of Directors for Goodwill of East Texas, Inc, serves on the City of Tyler Historical Preservation Board, and spends much time volunteering for multiple organizations in and around the East Texas area.

Born and raised in Tyler, Texas, Matt is married to Kathryn Nordyke Rowan and they have two children– Caroline, 16, and Michael, 13.


Organized and administered a large, multi-state document review procedure for a major financial institution in relation to a patent infringement case pending in the Eastern District of Texas.  The project encompassed over one year of work and the review of millions of documents, securing 50+ attorneys in three states.

Represented a multinational oil and gas company in organizing, coordinating and administering a large purchase/condemnation of pipeline easements and rights-of-way in multiple counties in Texas, as well as purchase of land to construct lift stations and processing facilities. This project involved the use of eminent domain powers granted by the State of Texas.  Administered the project involving over 60 filed state court cases, hundreds of land owners in six counties, and coordination with local governments, municipalities and local utility districts to accomplish the task.

Represents multiple medical entities, practices and clinics in employment matters, worked to obtain and confirm credentialing of health care providers with local health care facilities, provided corporate governance and other administrative matters for medical practice groups, health care facilities and clinics.

Obtained a zero liability on behalf of a Texas pulmonologist in a wrongful death case after a multi-week trial.

Obtained a zero liability verdict on behalf of an East Texas hospitalist in a wrongful death case after a week long trial.

Obtained a complete defense verdict for a general contractor in a personal injury/workplace injury matter.

Professional Affiliations

  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Smith County Bar Foundation
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Leadership Tyler – Class 18
  • Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc. – Board Member
  • City of Tyler Industrial Development Board
  • City of Tyler Historical Preservation Board – Board Member



“Condemnation, Zoning and Historical Preservation”—Lecture and Paper presented at State Bar of Texas Advanced Government Law 2015 CLE Seminar (2015)

“Latest Developments in Eminent Domain”—Lecture and Paper presented at State Bar of Texas 24th Annual Suing and Defending Governmental Entities CLE Seminar (2012)

Tyler Area Association of Legal Professionals Annual Certified Legal Assistant Review Course – Lecture on the subject of “Corporations and Business Entities” (November 2004)

State Bar of Texas—Legal Assistant Division—CLE Seminar—Lecture on the subject of “How to Guide a Client to Form the Right Business for Them” (April 2004)

Tyler Area Association of Legal Professionals Annual Certified Legal Assistant Review Course – Lecture on the subject of “Corporations and Business Entities” (November 2003)


Baylor University School of Law School

  • JD, 2001
  • Member of Baylor University Mock Trial Team
  • Placed First in Southwestern Regionals
  • Placed Third in Nation at NTC National Competition
  • Recipient of the Evidence Award in Baylor Practice Court, 2001
  • Strasburger and Price Moot Court Reward – First Place Team and Best First Year Term
  • Dawson, Sodd, and Beard, P.C., Moot Court Award
  • Fulbright and Jaworski Advocacy Award
  • Member – Order of the Barristers, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Received the Baylor Law School Academic Merit Scholarship, 1998, 1999
  • Phi Delta Phi – inducted in March 1999; Vice President, 2000-2001

Baylor University

  • BA, 1998, Political Science
  • National Merit Finalist, 1994
  • Recipient of the National Merit Scholarship for Baylor which awards full tuition for four years, 1994
  • Dean’s List – 1995, 1996 and 1998
  • Outstanding Student in Political Science, 1997-1998



United States District Court

  • Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

United States Bankruptcy Court

  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Central and Northern Districts of California


  • Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2016
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer, Smith County, 2010