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Matthew C. Rawlinson


Matthew C. Rawlinson, has been a partner at Hicks Thomas LLP for 15 years. He specializes in commercial litigation and has extensive experience in oil and gas, energy and arbitration.


Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1993); University of Houston (J.D., summa cum laude, 1999) Editor in Chief of Houston Law Review, Order of the Coif, Order of the Barons.

Professional Associations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Life Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation

Honors and Distinctions

Named numerous times in Texas Rising Stars for Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters Legal and Texas Monthly magazine; Author: Staying Alive?: The Survivability and Assignability of a Deceptive Trade Practice Cause of Action in Texas, 36Hous. L. Rev. 351; Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.

Practice Emphasis

Commercial litigation, with extensive experience in oil and gas, energy, and arbitration.

Notable Representation

Allen v. Chief Oil & Gas. Represented minority shareholder in claims for breach of fiduciary duty and

fraud arising out of sale of assets in the Barnett Shale.

Archer Drilling, LLC v. Kenai Offshore Ventures, LLC. Representing Kenai Offshore Ventures in dispute regarding repairs and upgrades to drilling rig in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

BP Exp. & Prod., Inc. v. Frontier Drilling USA, Inc. (Noble Drilling). Counsel for Noble Drilling in arbitration arising out of BP’s hiring of a vessel to assist with the Gulf of Mexico cleanup. Obtained summary judgment and award of $35 million.

BP Prod. N.A., Inc. v. Technip USA, Inc. Counsel for Technip in construction disputes involving a refinery project. Defended against claims both by owner and subcontractor.

CGGVeritas Land (U.S.), Inc. v. SAE Exploration, Inc. Represented CGGVeritas in suit against former employee and competitor for breach of a confidentiality agreement and non-compete covenant.

Excel Enterprises, LLC v. Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. Lead counsel for Harvest and obtained judgment on plaintiff’s claims of trade secret misappropriation involving oil production in Venezuela. Successfully pursued counterclaim for breach of contract.

GDF Suez Energy v. Mohammed. Lead counsel for GDF Suez pursuing claims against employee for breach of fiduciary duty while defending claims of discrimination. Obtained summary judgment on discrimination claims and concluded favorable settlement.

Longhorn Pipeline v. Kinder Morgan Liquid Terminals. Represented Kinder Morgan in a dispute regarding access to their terminal facilities. Obtained favorable summary judgment.

Occidental Permian Manager, L.L.C. v. BP American Production CO. Arbitrated dispute regarding ownership of oil and gas "call" rights in the Permian Basin. Obtained ruling awarding call rights to Occidental.

Zavala Mustang Ranch, Ltd. v. Harvest Pipeline Co., et al (Hilcorp). Represented Harvest and Arrowhead Gathering Company in a three-week trial involving an alleged pipeline release in Zavala County, Texas.

Matthew C. Rawlinson
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