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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 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.

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.

Professional Recognition

Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Star

Listed for Insurance Coverage

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Listed for Insurance Law

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL)

Leadership Class

Texas Bar College, State Bar of Texas

Franklin Jones Best CLE Article Award

Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow

The International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP)

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/ US)

DAYL Foundation

Life Fellow

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Education, Admissions & Activities

Education

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

J.D., 2013

University of Houston

B.S., 2010

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

2014

Texas

2013

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States District Court of Texas

Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western

Professional and Community Activities

State Bar of Texas

Professionalism Committee, 2021-present; Section Representative, 2018-2021; Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee, 2018-2021; Civil Liberties & Civil Rights Section: Chair, 2021-2022, 2016-2017; Secretary/Treasurer, 2019-2020, 2015-2016; Insurance Law Section

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Dallas Bar Association

The Texas Supreme Court Historical Society

Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers

William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court

Vice-Chair, Programming Committee, 2021-present; Barrister, 2019-present; Associate member, 2015-2019

Texas Bar College

State Bar of Texas

Pro Bono College