Matthew Houston is a partner 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.
Matthew 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. Matthew’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.
Matthew also represents and advises clients in real and personal property disputes, including development disputes, lease disputes and modifications, lien matters, summary ejectment proceedings, and other real estate litigation matters.
In addition to his experience as a practicing attorney, Matthew has taught Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research at Wake Forest University School of Law as an adjunct professor of law. Matthew also has significant experience in the field of agriculture, as he has owned and operated a family cattle farm in Eastern North Carolina for a number of years.
- The Best Lawyers in America® 2021 to 2023 - “Ones to Watch” - Commercial Litigation
- Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite 2021 - “Young Guns”
- North Carolina Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
- Wake County Bar Association, Member
- North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, Member
- “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
- “The Benefits Of New 4th Circ. Case Law On Appeals,” Law360, 25 October 2022
- Christine Coughlin, Sandy Patrick, Matthew Houston, & Elizabeth McCurry Johnson, Modern Legal Scholarship: A Guide to Producing and Publishing Scholarly and Professional Writing (2020)
- John R. Gardner, Matthew T. Houston, & Haniya Mir, Banks Beware: Mobile Checking and the Rise of Duplicate Presentment, 46 U.C.C. L.J. 177 (2015)
- Bankruptcy Court Case Summaries, Disclosure Statement, N.C.B.A. Bankr. Sec., Dec. 2016, at 8
- Bankruptcy Court Case Summaries, Disclosure Statement, N.C.B.A. Bankr. Sec., Feb. 2016, at 10
- Eastern District Case Summaries, Disclosure Statement, N.C.B.A. Bankr. Sec., Oct. 2015, at 23
- Eastern District Case Summaries, Disclosure Statement, N.C.B.A. Bankr. Sec., Apr. 2015, at 23
- Eastern District of North Carolina Case Summaries, Disclosure Statement, N.C.B.A. Bankr. Sec., Nov. 2014, at 11
- 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