Matt Stayton


Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones LLP
420 Throckmorton Street
Suite 1000
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Tel: (817) 405-6926


A proven appellate lawyer, litigator, and counselor, Matt Stayton is a Partner with Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones LLP, a leading Texas law firm with offices in Fort Worth and Houston.

Matt has handled over 70 reported appellate cases in the Supreme Court of Texas and trial and appellate courts across the country. He represents clients in a wide variety of matters – including complex commercial disputes, oil and gas litigation, and high stakes personal injury cases. His broad experience bridges the gap between success at trial and prevailing on appeal.

Matt began his legal career as a law clerk for Chief Justice Rex Davis of the Tenth District Court of Appeals in Waco, Texas. He later joined a large Texas-based law firm as a partner in the appellate and litigation practice groups. He previously served the local bar as Chair of the Tarrant County Bar CLE and Appellate committees. Matt also taught as an adjunct law professor in 2014. Matt earned his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law and received his B.A. from Baylor University.

Matt has been repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer and Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine.

  • J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law, 2001
  • B.A. Baylor University, 1997
Honors & Recognitions
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly magazine, 2014-2020
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly magazine, 2009-2014
  • Adjunct professor, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2014
  • Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association, CLE committee, 2014-2015
  • Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate committee, 2012-2013
  • Briefing Attorney/Law Clerk, Chief Justice Rex Davis, Tenth District Court of Appeals, 2001-2002
Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones LLP offers a full-service appellate practice, handling all phases of appeals in state and federal courts. Often, this involves filing post-judgment motions in the trial court, reviewing the record, preparing appellate briefs, and presenting oral argument. But we also understand that the success of an appeal can be impacted by the foundation that is laid in the trial court. Therefore, we are frequently asked to appear in litigation before the final judgment.

We have significant experience assisting trial lawyers with motion practice, error preservation, and jury charge preparation. Our appellate services are enhanced because of our extensive trial court experience. We understand the complexities as well as the practicalities of trying a lawsuit and will work to find creative solutions to the various issues that arise in litigation.

Our Appellete group is frequently asked to file petitions for writs of mandamus or interlocutory appeals. We advise our clients as to whether these specialized proceedings are available and make sense in any given situation.

Ultimately, we seek to find a successful and cost-effective resolution to every dispute.

Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones LLP is a committed to the pursuit of excellence—excellence in our legal work product, our relationships, and in our business practices. Mediocrity is not tolerated here. Our clients know this, which is why they continue to use Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones for the legal matters that are most important to them.

Our law firm is made up of former “big firm” attorneys who continue to work on complex legal matters across the state and nationwide, while cultivating personal client relationships within a smaller business platform.

Our areas of expertise include bankruptcy and reorganization, construction law, business litigation, appellate law, insurance law, oil and gas transactions and litigation, and corporate transactions. Located in the middle of downtown Fort Worth and in Houston, the Firm is active across the State of Texas and the United States.