Matthew McGowan
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Phone: 210-998-4194
Mobile: 806-445-3116
Fax: 210-998-4201


  • Texas A&M University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2015
  • Texas Tech University, B.A. (print journalism), 2008


  • State Bar of Texas (2015)
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 
  • United States District Courts of the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas
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Matthew McGowan

Matthew McGowan represents energy industry clients in the firm’s litigation practice section, where he focuses primarily on appellate practice and litigation support. Matthew has considerable experience in civil appeals and has prepared countless briefs submitted to both state and federal appellate courts at all levels of review, including the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Texas. In addition to his appellate practice, Matthew also assists trial counsel at all stages of the dispute-resolution process and plays a role in big-picture strategy, near-term tactics, long-form drafting of dispositive motions, discovery strategy and analysis, research, trial preparation, and error/record preservation. He is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


  • Texas Bar Association, Appellate Section, Member
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, Board Member 2020-2021
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Natural Resources Section, Member
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen, Member


  • Scene in SA, “San Antonio’s Rising Star Lawyers,” 2018-2020, 2023
  • Scene in SA, “San Antonio’s Best Lawyers,” 2021
  • Scene in SA, “San Antonio’s Rising Stars,” 2018-2020
  • National Order of Scribes, Professional Society of Legal Writers
  • Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch (commercial litigation) (2021)
  • 1st Place Award, White River Environmental Law Writing Competition (2015)
  • 2nd Place Award, Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition (2015)
  • Phi Delta Phi


  • 06.10.2021:  Recovering Appellate Attorney’s Fees in State and Federal Court, The University of Texas School of Law, 31st Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, Matthew J. McGowan, speaker and co-author
  • Locomotives v. Local Motives: The Coming Conflict, Statutory Void & Legal Uncertainties Riding with Reactivated Rails-to-Trails, 16 VT. J. ENVTL. L. 482 (2015)
  • Location, Location, Mis-Location: How Local Land Use Restrictions Are Dulling Halfway Housing’s Criminal Rehabilitation Potential, 48 URB. LAW 329 (2016)
  • SMU Annual Texas Survey: Antitrust and Consumer Protection, Co-author (2017–2019)