Matthew E. Coveler

Partner (713) 244-0805

Mr. Coveler was formerly a partner at the appellate/litigation boutique firm of Hogan & Hogan.  Before joining the Hogan firm, he practiced litigation at the international law firms of Fulbright & Jaworski and Pillsbury Winthrop.

Mr. Coveler has represented a variety of clients in diverse industries and professions across the country and from around the globe.  His experience includes litigation matters representing a foreign national bank, an international automotive parts supplier, a domestic family rice farm, a multi-national industrial gas supplier, and the president of a multi-billion dollar brokerage.  From inception through appeal, he has handled a diverse collection of cases involving some of the most complicated factual and legal issues.  By way of example, Mr. Coveler has led the defense of catastrophic injury claims on behalf of a manufacturer of sophisticated safety products, handled cases for companies and corporate officers accused of securities fraud, and represented developers and construction companies in disputes with condominium owners.  Mr. Coveler has addressed sovereign immunity issues on behalf of a foreign bank, defended personal injury and contract claims arising out of a refinery explosion, arbitrated fraud claims involving a hazardous disposal well drilling company, represented a group of physicians in a dispute with an alleged partner, and was instrumental in resolving a major contract lawsuit involving a force majeure claim related to the long-term supply of industrial gas feedstock.

Mr. Coveler is also regularly retained to provide advice on preservation of error issues and to address dispositive motions, expert challenges, and motions to exclude evidence.  In his role as appellate counsel, Mr. Coveler has briefed and argued cases in federal and state courts of appeals across the country, including the following representative examples:

  • Westside Wrecker Serv., Inc. v. Skafi, 361 S.W.3d 153 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied) (addressing statute of frauds and partnership formation issues).
  • Tratree v. BP N. Am. Pipelines, Inc., No. 09-20472, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 16932, 390 Fed. Appx. 386 (5th Cir. Aug. 12, 2010) (addressing Title VII race discrimination and Age Discrimination in Employment Act claims).
  • Stanford Dev. Corp. v. Stanford Condo. Owners Ass’n, 285 S.W.3d 45 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2009, no pet.) (addressing enforceability of arbitration provision).
  • MBM Fin. Corp. v. Woodlands Operating Co., L.P., 292 S.W.3d 660 (Tex. 2009) (addressing recoverability of attorneys’ fees).
  • Kehm Oil Co. v. Texaco, Inc., 537 F.3d 290 (3d Cir. 2008) (addressing Petroleum Marketing Practices Act claims and personal jurisdiction issues).
  • TRW Auto. U.S. LLC v. Papandopoles, 949 So. 2d 297 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 4th Dist. 2007) (addressing forum non conveniens issues).

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
B.A., Northwestern University, 1996

Admissions

State Bar of Texas

U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Pro hac vice admission in numerous states with sponsorship of local counsel

Publications

Jury Charge
State Bar of Texas Civil Appellate Practice 101
Authors: Matthew E. Coveler, Jennifer Bruch Hogan, and Richard P. Hogan, Jr.

Developments in the Texas “Contort” Distinction
State Bar of Texas 22nd Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course
Authors: Matthew E. Coveler and Jennifer Bruch Hogan

Legal Issues in Jury Selection
State Bar of Texas 28th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course
Authors: Matthew E. Coveler, Richard P. Hogan, Jr., and Vincent M. Morgan

Honors and Recognition

  • Peer Rated “AV – Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory for “Highest Level of Professional Excellence.”