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Matthew E. Last

Matthew E. Last

Member

EMAIL

mlast@cobbmartinez.com

TEL

214-220-5224

FAX

214-220-5299

BIOGRAPHY

Matt Last defends businesses and professionals in the real estate, legal, insurance, and financial sectors, including representing landlords and property managers in litigation and providing them with legal advice on transactional matters and leasing. Backed with his extensive background in business and law, Matt’s clients rely on his strong work ethic in all aspects of litigation, including case evaluation and strategy, discovery, depositions, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, and trial. Known for his efficiency, creativity, and responsiveness, his practice often involves time-sensitive issues requiring quick and effective results.  

Biography

Matt Last defends businesses and professionals in the real estate, legal, insurance, and financial sectors, including representing landlords and property managers in litigation and providing them with legal advice on transactional matters and leasing. Backed with his extensive background in business and law, Matt’s clients rely on his strong work ethic in all aspects of litigation, including case evaluation and strategy, discovery, depositions, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, and trial. Known for his efficiency, creativity, and responsiveness, his practice often involves time-sensitive issues requiring quick and effective results.  

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Insurance Agent & Broker/Independent Adjuster Defense
Legal Malpractice Defense
Premises Liability Defense
Product Liability Defense
Professional Licensure Defense
Real Estate Litigation
Real Estate Professionals Defense (Agents, Home Inspectors, Surveyors)

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 2007
    • With Honors; Student Attorney for the Law School’s Community Development Clinic,
    • Tom C. Clark Fellowship,
    • Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • B.B.A., Finance,
    • Business Honors Program With Highest Honors, August 2004

Admissions

  • Texas, 2007
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas

Experience

Matt has a wealth of experience and knowledge in different industries and practice areas and has represented many different types of businesses and professionals in state and federal courts throughout Texas.  Matt has also represented clients in proceedings before the Texas Real Estate Commission.  He has obtained numerous dismissals and summary judgments and has also resolved matters outside the courtroom by negotiating favorable and creative settlements.   

 

Below are a few of Matt’s representative engagements:
 

  • Obtained dismissals and summary judgments for landlords and property managers in numerous cases involving tenant disputes. 
  • Obtained dismissals and summary judgments for insurance agents and agencies, and real estate agents and agencies in claims involving negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. 
  • Obtained dismissals and summary judgments for attorneys and law firms facing claims of breach of fiduciary duty and negligence, as well as claims under federal statutes. 
  • Obtained eviction judgments and eviction appeal judgments. 
  • Obtained dismissals for landlords and property managers facing TREC complaints. 
  • Obtained orders lifting bankruptcy stays for landlords. 
  • Obtained a directed verdict after a three-week trial in favor of the president and CEO of an oil and gas company facing allegations of fraud and shareholder oppression. 
  • Obtained a directed verdict for an insurance agent on claims of DTPA violations as well as negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. 
  • Obtained a dismissal and recovery of attorney fees under Texas strategic lawsuits against public participation (anti-SLAPP) in favor of an attorney sued for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant in products liability case facing allegations of DTPA violations and negligence. 
  • Obtained a summary judgment for the president and majority shareholder of a hotel management company and lessee of the hotel facing claims of negligence, premises liability, and alter ego. 

Awards & Honors

  • Named to list of The Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” by BL Rankings in Litigation-Real Estate, 2020-2022.
  • Honored as a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, 2010–2022.
  • Named an Outstanding Lawyer Under 40 by the Cardozo Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Dallas Bar Association 
  • University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, Affiliate Professor  
  • University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, Mentor with the L.A. Bedford, Jr. Mentorship Program