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.

Practice Emphasis

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


  • Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1993)
  • University of Houston (J.D. summa cum laude, 1999)

While attending the University of Houston, Rawlinson was the editor in chief of Houston Law Review and was part of two scholastic honors societies: Order of the Barons and Order of the Coif.


Matthew C. Rawlinson has been selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars™ for Business Litigation, a recognition that he is a top young lawyer. This listing appeared in Thomson Reuters Legal and Texas Monthly magazine. Rawlinson is the author of Staying Alive? : The Survivability and Assignability of a Deceptive Trade Practice Cause of Action in Texas, 36 Hous. L. Rev. 351.

Professional Associations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Life Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation

Past Clients

Archer Drilling, LLC v. Kenai Offshore Ventures, LLC

Rawlinson represented Kenai Offshore Ventures in a dispute regarding repairs and upgrades to a drilling rig in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

BP Exp. & Prod., Inc. v. Frontier Drilling USA, Inc. (Noble Drilling).

Rawlinson was the 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.

CGGVeritas Land (U.S.), Inc. v. SAE Exploration, Inc.

Rawlinson represented CGGVeritas in a suit against a former employee and competitor for the breach of a confidentiality agreement and non-compete covenant.

Excel Enterprises, LLC v. Harvest Natural Resources, Inc.

Rawlinson acted as lead counsel for Harvest and obtained judgment on the plaintiff's claims of trade secret misappropriation involving oil production in Venezuela. Successfully pursued counterclaim for breach of contract.

Exxon Corp. v. King Ranch, Inc.

Rawlinson defended King Ranch in a dispute regarding a lessee's right of access to the Ranch. After prevailing in a venue dispute and extensive discovery the settlement concluded favorably.

GDF Suez Energy v. Mohammed

Rawlinson acted as lead counsel for GDF Suez who was pursuing claims against an employee for breach of fiduciary duty while defending claims of discrimination. He successfully obtained summary judgment on discrimination claims and concluded favorable settlement.

Longhorn Pipeline v. Kinder Morgan Liquid Terminals.

Rawlinson represented Kinder Morgan in a dispute regarding access to their terminal facilities. He obtained favorable summary judgment.

Occidental Permian Manager, L.L.C. v. BP American Production CO

Rawlinson arbitrated a dispute regarding ownership of oil and gas "call" rights in the Permian Basin. He obtained ruling and call rights were awarded to Occidental.

Ponder v. Rocky Mountain Resources. Rawlinson obtained summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's claims of fraud, conspiracy, and breach of contract against three defendants arising out of oil and gas prospects in Colorado.

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