Biography

Matthew Kolodoski is a litigation attorney who has successfully represented clients through all phases of trial and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts throughout Texas. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of insurance carriers in all aspects of insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation.

Matthew's diverse experience includes successful litigation of complex insurance coverage actions involving bad faith claims handling disputes, loss of business income, duty to defend, and additional insured coverage. He also regularly advises and defends employee welfare benefit plans, insurers, and third-party administrators on accidental death and dismemberment ERISA claims.

After graduating from SMU Dedman School of Law, Matthew served as a law clerk for the Honorable Irma C. Ramirez on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Matthew is also active in the local and statewide legal communities. He currently serves on the State Bar of Texas’s Professionalism Committee and as Chair of the Civil Liberties & Civil Rights Section of the State Bar of Texas. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and on the State Bar of Texas’s Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee. He is also a frequent speaker at legal seminars, where he speaks on a variety of litigation, insurance law, and constitutional law topics. Matthew has been recognized as a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Insurance Law.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissal of a $1.6 million insurance coverage case based on a construction company’s voluntary payment to a property owner prior to liability being established. (Tex. Dist. – Harris)
  • Obtained dismissal and affirmance of dismissal of an accidental death ERISA claim under a plan’s medical or surgical treatment exclusion. (5th Cir., S.D. Tex.)
  • Obtained dismissal and affirmance of dismissal for lack of standing on a breach of contract claim arising from a force-placed insurance policy. (Tex. App. – Fort Worth; Tex. Dist. – Wise)
  • Obtained dismissal of an accidental death ERISA claim under a plan’s contractual limitations provision. (W.D. Tex.)
  • Obtained dismissal of extra-contractual claims involving commercial property insurance following completion of appraisal. (Tex. Dist. – Dallas)
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of contract and quasi-contract claims brought by a crime scene decontamination company against an insurance company following denial of benefits to the deceased’s estate. (Tex. Dist. – Montgomery)
  • Litigated in numerous federal and state trial courts on behalf of insurance companies in cases involving weather-related catastrophe commercial and residential property claims, life insurance benefits, accidental death and dismemberment benefits, loss of business income, and additional insured coverage.
  • Handled examinations under oath for insurance companies in matters involving suspected arson or insurance fraud.
  • Drafted numerous coverage opinions for insurance carriers on issues involving construction defects litigation, personal injury litigation, and accidental death and dismemberment ERISA claims in various jurisdictions across the United States.

Education

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law  (J.D., 2013)
  • University of Houston  (B.S., 2010)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2013
  • Minnesota, 2014

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list
    • Insurance Law, 2022
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Leadership Class, 2020
  • Franklin Jones Best CLE Article Award, Texas Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2018 - Present
  • Texas Bar College, Member, 2014 - Present
  • DAYL Foundation, Life Fellow, 2017 - Present
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2014-2015
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/ US), International Association of Privacy Professional, 2019 - Present

Professional and Community Activities

  • Professionalism Committee, State Bar of Texas, Member, 2021 - Present
  • Board of Directors, State Bar of Texas, Section Representative, 2018-2021
  • Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee, State Bar of Texas, Advisory Member, 2018-2021
  • Civil Liberties & Civil Rights Section, State Bar of Texas
    • ​Chair, 2021-2022
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 2019 - 2020
    • Chair, 2016 - 2017
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 2015 - 2016
    • Council Member, 2015 - Present
  • Insurance Law Section, State Bar of Texas, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2014 - Present
  • The Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Member, 2021 - Present
  • Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers, Member, 2021 - Present
  • William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court
    • Vice-Chair, Programming Committee, 2021 - Present
    • Barrister, 2019 - Present
    • Associate Member, 2015 - 2019

Speeches and Presentations

  • The Due Process Limits of Personal Jurisdiction, Annual Constitutional Law Symposium, State Bar of Wisconsin (December 9, 2021).
  • Ethical Use of Social Media by Attorneys, Thompson Coe Webinar (November 17, 2021).
  • Understanding Insurance Claims and the Pandemic, 19th Annual Advanced Business Law Course, TexasBarCLE (November 4, 2021).
  • Basics of Insurance Appraisals, Insurance Law 101 Course, TexasBarCLE (September 29, 2021).
  • Texas Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit Update, Thompson Coe Webinar (August 17, 2021).
  • The Due Process Limits of Personal Jurisdiction, 15th Annual Bill of Rights Course, TexasBarCLE (May 14, 2021).
  • Texas Property Insurance Law Update, Thompson Coe Webinar (July 21, 2020).
  • The Status of Takings Claims After Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, 14th Annual Bill of Rights Course, TexasBarCLE (May 15, 2020)
  • The Future of Corporate Constitutional Rights, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting (June 14, 2019).
  • Corporate Constitutional Rights: A Storied History and An Uncertain Future, 13th Annual Bill of Rights Course, TexasBarCLE (May 17, 2019).
  • Constitutional Issues of Public Monuments: Are Any Monuments Safe?, 12th Annual Bill of Rights Course, TexasBarCLE (May 24, 2018).
  • Top Ten Things Every Law Clerk Should Know,U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2017 Fall Seminar for Judicial Law Clerks (October 3, 2017) (with Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton and Magistrate Judge Rebecca Rutherford).
  • Waivers of Class Action/Collective Action in Arbitration Agreements, National Employment Law Association, Dallas/Ft. Worth NELA Affiliate (August 9, 2017).
  • Private Prisons: Constitutional Litigation Against Non-State Defendants,State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting (June 23, 2017).
  • Private Prisons: Constitutional Litigation Against Non-State Defendants,11th Annual Bill of Rights Course, TexasBarCLE (May 26, 2017).
  • Waivers of Class Action/Collective Action in Arbitration Agreements, Dallas Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Meeting (May 15, 2017).
  • First Amendment Rights of Public Employees, 10th Annual Bill of Rights Course, TexasBarCLE (May 27, 2016).
  • Obscenity: Is Anything Obscene Anymore?, 9th Annual Bill of Rights Course, TexasBarCLE (May 29, 2015).

Publications

  • Concurrent Causation is Key in Texas Storm Insurance Suits, Law360 (December 22, 2020).
  • Property Insurers: Beware Getting Stuck in Texas State Court, Law360 (May 16, 2019).
  • The Future of Collective Employment Arbitration Part II: Apocalyptic Warnings, Lochnerizing, and the Right to Contract, 24 Tex. J. C.L. & C.R. 1 (2018).
  • The Future of Collective Employment Arbitration: Reconciling the FAA with the NLRA, FLSA, and Other Federal Rights, 22 Tex. J. C.L. & C.R. 153 (2017).