Matt Parks is a dedicated trial attorney who focuses on business and commercial litigation across a variety of industries, including oil and gas, energy, and healthcare. He has represented individuals and businesses of all sizes in complex disputes, ranging from partnership breakups and shareholder derivative actions to securities litigation.
Matt is a double Longhorn, having obtained both his JD and BA degrees from the University of Texas. After graduation, Matt joined a Texas-based litigation boutique where he helped defend one of the main parties in the “Deepwater Horizon” litigation after BP’s Macondo Well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. He has been selected to the Texas Rising Stars list for four consecutive years for his excellence in business litigation
Matt is licensed to practice in all state courts in the State of Texas, as well as the federal courts in the Southern and Northern Districts of Texas. Matt is a committeeman and lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Matt has been with Burford Perry since the firm began in 2015. In that time, he has second-chaired multiple jury trials, both in federal and state court, and helped obtain favorable decisions in arbitrations. He has also drafted, argued, and won multiple dispositive motions.
- Red Ball Technical Gas Servs., Inc. v. Hua, Cause No. 2016-63707 in the 234th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas.
- In case seeking $1.5 million from seller of chemical processing facility, our client won partial summary judgment declaring unenforceable a liquidated damages clause and non-compete contained in an asset purchase agreement. Summary judgment effectively removed plaintiff’s ability to collect damages and forced a favorable settlement.
- Mike Budworth, et al. v. Frank Li & Panton Inc., Cause No. 2018-50246 in the 234th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas.
- New Commonwealth Inv., et al. v. Frank Li & Panton, Inc., Cause No. 2017-59023 in the 80th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas.
- Dongmei “Annie” Zheng v. Frank Li & Panton, Inc., Cause No. 2017-77055 in the 151st Judicial District of Harris County, Texas.
- Helped recover the investments of six investors who were fraudulently sold securities in a Texas-based technology startup.
- Lehang Lizeroux v. Great Texas Regional Center, LLC, et al., Cause No. 2017-58912 in the 334th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas.
- Helped force favorable settlement for client who invested $3 million in a private securities offering to fund high-rise condominium construction.
- Thomas Moran II, as Trustee for Life Partners Holdings, Inc. v. Brian Pardo, et al, Adversary No. 15-04079-RFN in the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division.
- Second-chaired jury trial representing Brian Pardo and Linda Robinson in suit seeking $700 million for breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of the Texas Securities Act relating to an alleged Ponzi Scheme. Used pre and posttrial motions to significantly limit damage claims. Ultimately entered into favorable post-trial settlement.
- Texas, 2012
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2012
- The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
- J.D. – 2012
- Delta Theta Phi, Texas Environmental Law Journal
- The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
- B.A. in Government – 2009
- National Merit Scholar
- Houston Bar Association, 2012-Present
- Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2012-Present
- Selected to Texas Rising Stars list by Thomson Reuters (2017 – 2019)
Past Employment Positions
- Faubus, Keller & Burford, Associate, 2014-2015
- Godwin Lewis P.C., Associate, 2012-2014