Matt Hurt joined Dawson & Sodd, LLP as a partner in April 2011. He focuses exclusively on eminent domain and condemnation litigation. Immediately prior to joining Dawson & Sodd, Matt practiced almost exclusively in the area of eminent domain, representing both landowners and condemning authorities while working for Locke Lord, LLP in Dallas. Before focusing so closely in this area, Matt represented clients in construction defect litigation, antitrust matters, personal injury and products liability cases, and numerous business litigation matters.
He graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering while also completing the Engineering Scholars Program in 1996. While studying there, he was nominated by the Department of Civil Engineering for Outstanding Student in the College of Engineering and he served in student government. Matt worked in the civil engineering field for nearly two years before attending law school. Some of his work involved research on the Texas A&M campus for the United States Navy. His engineering background and experience helps him to envision and critically analyze the impact that a government project will have on a landowner’s property. Due to his engineering experience, he has become invaluable to Dawson & Sodd’s clients and other partners, most notably in highway takings and other matters involving engineering analysis of damage to properties from partial takings.
In 2001, Matt graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law. During law school, he earned the highest grade in three classes: Torts, Products Liability, and Legal Writing. Matt was president of the law school’s Texas Aggie Bar Association, served on the Board of Barristers, and was Technology Editor of the Texas Tech Law Review. He and his mock trial partner won the Texas Tech School of Law mock trial competition during their third year of law school.
The Thomson Reuters service has recognized Matt as a Super Lawyer in Texas eminent domain law for 2014-2016. Before being named a Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters also recognized Matt as a Rising Star in construction litigation in 2005, and in the area of eminent domain in 2013 and 2015.
Matt is licensed to practice in Texas and Colorado, state and federal courts in Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
When not practicing law, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, especially if it involves anything outdoors. Matt and his family attend Northwest Bible Church in Dallas.
- Representative Matters
Matt has represented landowners against a variety of condemning authorities in a wide range of condemnation cases, including:
- The State of Texas and TxDOT
- Numerous pipeline cases
- Numerous powerline cases
- Union Pacific Railroad
- Cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Frisco
- Several counties
- Fort Worth Trinity River Vision Project
- Various water and utility districts
- Trinity River Authority
- Prosper ISD
- Reported Condemnation Cases
Appellate successes include the following:
- State v. State Street Bank & Trust Co., 359 S.W.3d 375, 380 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012, no pet.)
- State v. Johnson, 444 S.W.3d 62 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2014, pet. filed)
- Presentations & Publications
- Improving the Landowner’s Odds in Eminent Domain Cases, published in April 2015 issue of Headnotes for the Dallas Bar Association, co-authored with Tyler Milton and Jody McSpadden.
- CLE Presentation: Eminent Domain, Texas Aggie Bar Association Annual Meeting, March 2015, Texas A&M University
- CLE Presentation: Overview of Texas Condemnation and Eminent Domain Law, Collin County Bench/Bar Conference, March 2012
- CLE Presentation: Presenting Your Case with Demonstrative Evidence, Center for American and International Law; Planning, Zoning, and Eminent Domain Seminar 2010, SMU Plano Campus
- CLE Presentation: Attacking an Appraiser by Attacking the Other Experts, Attacking and Defending an Appraisal in Litigation CLE Conference in Austin, November 17-18, 2016
- Texas Tech University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2001, magna cum laude
- Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 1996, magna cum laude
- Admitted to Practice
- Texas Courts statewide
- Colorado, 2002
- Federal Courts in Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Professional & Community Involvement
- Colorado Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- Texas Aggie Bar Association
- Member of Northwest Bible Church
- President of Ranch POA Board of Directors for 1300 acre residential ranch development in Colorado
- Awards & Recognition
- Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list published annually by Thomson Reuters service for eminent domain for 2014 through 2016.
- Selected to the Rising Stars list published annually by Thomson Reuters service in construction litigation in 2005, and in the area of eminent domain in 2013 and 2014.