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Matthew T. Houston

Fax +1.919.516.2122
Fax +1.704.331.7598
Matthew Houston is an associate in the Raleigh and Charlotte offices and focuses his practice on the litigation and resolution of complex commercial disputes, with an emphasis on contract disputes, commercial torts cases, and real estate disputes. His practice also encompasses representing creditors in financial services litigation and corporate insolvency and restructuring matters, both in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

Mr. Houston frequently represents clients before the North Carolina Business Court and also handles cases throughout the North Carolina state court system and corresponding federal district and appellate courts. Mr. Houston’s experience includes litigating and resolving a variety of commercial contract disputes, real estate disputes, shareholder derivative actions, and numerous commercial tort cases, such as those involving allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and misappropriation of trade secrets. He also represents creditors in loan workout matters, receivership actions, foreclosure proceedings, claim and delivery proceedings, and related bankruptcy proceedings, including bankruptcy preference actions.

Mr. Houston also represents and advises clients in lease disputes and modifications, summary ejectment proceedings, and other real estate litigation matters.

Professional Background

In addition to his experience as an attorney, Mr. Houston also has significant experience in the field of agriculture, as he has owned and operated a cattle farm in Eastern North Carolina for a number of years.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, Member

Speaking Engagements

  • “The North Carolina Business Court: Now Open for More Business,” Presenter, K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, January 2019
  • “Eastern District of North Carolina Case Update,” Presenter, N.C.B.A. Bankruptcy Section’s 38th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, November 2015
  • “Navigating Traps for the Unwary: and Increasingly Complex Ethical Issues in Discovery,” Panelist, K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, January 2015

Additional Information

  • Eastern District Case Summaries, Disclosure Statement, N.C.B.A. Bankr. Sec., Oct. 2014, at 19.
  • Spring Case Summaries: Eastern District Bankruptcy Court, Disclosure Statement, N.C.B.A. Bankr. Sec., May 2014, at 12.
  • Eastern District of North Carolina Case Summaries, Disclosure Statement, N.C.B.A. Bankr. Sec., Nov. 2014, at 11.
  • Represent state legislative leaders in constitutional litigation concerning executive and legislative appointment powers
  • Represent a civilly committed individual before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and briefing to the U.S. Supreme Court in pro bono litigation concerning civil rights
  • Represent a buyer-side real estate broker in a case of first impression under North Carolina’s Commercial Real Estate Broker Lien Act regarding buyer-side brokers’ lien rights
  • Represent corporate and individual clients in the North Carolina Business Court and federal courts in defending against of breach of contract, fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and misrepresentation claims
  • Represent corporate and individual clients in litigation concerning real estate and land-use disputes, including title disputes, broker matters, and landlord-tenant disputes
  • Represent individual partners and LLC member-managers defending against piercing-the-corporate-veil claims
  • Represent clients in administrative proceedings, including proceedings challenging denial of certifications under the Clean Water Act for an energy provider and state contracting proceedings contesting bid procedures
  • Represent individual and corporate clients in occupational and professional licensing proceedings, including proceedings contesting and appealing license denials and penalties against licensed parties before the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, North Carolina Well Contractors Certification Commission, and North Carolina Consumer Protection Division
  • Represent corporate clients in shareholder and similar derivative lawsuits in North Carolina Business Court Proceedings
  • Represent builders and other construction clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings related to alleged construction defects
  • Represent corporate and individual clients in various commercial contract disputes and related litigation
  • Represent commercial lenders in financial services matters, including collection litigation and related defensive litigation, such as defending against claims against lenders for alleged misconduct in connection with creation and finalization of loan documentation
  • Represent commercial lenders in receivership actions for a variety of commercial properties, including warehouses, office buildings, and hotels
  • Represent commercial lenders in all phases of real property foreclosure and sale matters in North Carolina
  • Represent corporate and individual clients in real estate disputes, including summary ejectment proceedings, lease workouts, lien resolutions, construction matters, and landlord-tenant disputes
  • Represent secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, including the resolution of secured and unsecured claims.
  • Represent amici clients via amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of North Carolina and United States Bankruptcy Court
  • Represent judgment creditors in North Carolina courts.
  • Advise large and small employers in employment-related matters, including employer-employee disputes, employer handbook evaluations and revisions, and related matters.