Matt L. Motes

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Straight Shooter

Shareholder and Chief Operating Officer
  • Represents general contractors, builders, subcontractors, developers, suppliers, and owners regarding construction issues ranging from a few thousand dollars into the millions.  As an example, Matt, obtained a take nothing jury verdict for a custom homebuilder on a foundation case.

Real Estate Litigation
  • Represents buyers and sellers of real estate in all types of real estate disputes, including breach of purchase agreements.  Routinely represents an international church organization in property disputes regarding ownership between the parent church and then existing pastor(s).


Direct and practical in his problem solving approaches, Matt has represented parties in real estate and construction disputes for more than 25 years. Focusing primarily on the contractor-side, Matt has litigated to verdict, judgment, or arbitration award over 30 cases. Matt stands by his philosophy of shooting straight with his clients about expectations and regulations of litigation. As part of that philosophy Matt assists growing companies with risk management issues. Matt’s daily tasks consists of: (i) litigating and resolving residential and commercial construction disputes, (ii) drafting and negotiating contracts; (iii) advising clients on general real estate issues; (iv) advising clients on mechanic lien issues; and (v) when necessary, trying a case to verdict or arbitrating a dispute over construction defects or a payment issue; to name a few.

Matt has been with Decker Jones for over six years. He grew up in the Houston area, but once newly married to Liz, they got to Fort Worth as fast as they could in 1998. While the law keeps him plenty busy, he finds time to spend with his two daughters and charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Rotary and his local church.

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  • Education
    • Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, (B.A., 1989)
    • South Texas College of Law, (J.D., 1993)
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Texas (1993)
    • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western, Texas
  • Awards & Recognition
    • “Tarrant County Top Attorney – Construction Law”, Fort Worth, Texas Magazine (2007 – 2009, 2012 – 2017, 2019)
    • “Super Lawyer – Construction Litigation” by Thomson Reuters, (2013-2015, 2017)
    • Chair – Construction Law Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association (2014 – 2015)
  • Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas- Construction and Litigation Section
    • Tarrant County Bar Association- Construction Law
    • National Association of Home Builders
    • Texas Association of Builders
    • Hill Country Builders Association
    • Greater Fort Worth Builders Association
  • Representative Published Works
    • Green Building 101 – Builder’s Radio 2013
    • Mold – Texas Builder 2012
    • To Arbitrate or not Arbitrate – Fort Worth Business Press 2010
    • Various articles in Builder Savvy magazine and local builder association publications.
Matt Motes-2029 Reviewing a contract.