Matt Graham, Associate

Houston, TX

O: (713) 577-4812

A legal practice characterized by military discipline and precision

Matt Graham joined Patterson + Sheridan after a decade of military service that provided him with a unique background in national security. While on active duty, he performed cryptology duties for the Department of Defense and U.S. agencies. Matt is still in the U.S. Navy Reserve, but he now applies the skill sets he acquired as a cryptologic professional to his intellectual property law practice. He advises his clients in the areas of risk assessment and compliance. He is also a litigator and provides dispute resolution services for innovators in various technical fields including information technology, internet applications, and the oil and gas industry.

Matt began his military career at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, completing a rigorous 64-week course of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. He ultimately transitioned to the cryptologic specialty of Cryptologic Technician Collection, which provides signals intercept analysis at both the tactical and strategic levels. After transitioning from active duty to the Inactive Ready Reserve, Matt attended law school and clerked for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Information and Intelligence Law. While there he performed intelligence oversight, conducted legal research and completed writing assignments related to law enforcement, national security and data privacy matters.

As a civilian attorney, Matt has performed title preparation for oil and gas companies, helping his clients look for vulnerabilities in their chain of title and ownership. He enjoys learning about his clients’ unique ideas and approaches to business and offering them solutions to the challenges they may face in litigation. Matt’s clients rely on him to provide honest feedback, even if it is not always what they want to hear. He greatly values integrity in his legal practice and cares deeply about the work he produces.

Applying lessons learned while facing adversity to his law practice

Throughout his military service, Matt was surrounded by dedicated men and women he greatly admired, both personally and professionally. Although he accrued several military designations and awards, including the Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist insignia and the Navy Enlisted Classification of NSW/CSS, he most cherishes his time spent on deployment overseas: first, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in 2015 and most recently to the AFRICOM Area of Responsibility in 2020. The lessons he learned from higher- and lower-ranking colleagues during these times were invaluable. He says the dedication of his fellow service men and women never waivered during those times, and he seeks to emulate their loyalty and perseverance in everything he does.

After witnessing many of the poorest parts of the world, Matt makes time to give back to those in need whenever possible, including assisting in establishing a fundraiser and college trust for the children of a former industry professional lost to cancer. In addition to his pro bono work, Matt also enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and coached his son’s pee wee football and baseball teams.

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, 2021
  • Certificate in Signal Collection and Processing, Center for Information Dominance, 2016
  • Certificate of Completion in Modern Standard Arabic, Defense Language Institute, 2014
  • M.A., International Relations, Baylor University, 2012
  • B.A., Political Science, Baylor University, 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Texas State Bar

A legal practice characterized by military discipline and precision

Matt Graham joined Patterson + Sheridan after a decade of military service that provided him with a unique background in national security. While on active duty, he performed cryptology duties for the Department of Defense and U.S. agencies. Matt is still in the U.S. Navy Reserve, but he now applies the skill sets he acquired as a cryptologic professional to his intellectual property law practice. He advises his clients in the areas of risk assessment and compliance. He is also a litigator and provides dispute resolution services for innovators in various technical fields including information technology, internet applications, and the oil and gas industry.

Matt began his military career at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, completing a rigorous 64-week course of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. He ultimately transitioned to the cryptologic specialty of Cryptologic Technician Collection, which provides signals intercept analysis at both the tactical and strategic levels. After transitioning from active duty to the Inactive Ready Reserve, Matt attended law school and clerked for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Information and Intelligence Law. While there he performed intelligence oversight, conducted legal research and completed writing assignments related to law enforcement, national security and data privacy matters.

As a civilian attorney, Matt has performed title preparation for oil and gas companies, helping his clients look for vulnerabilities in their chain of title and ownership. He enjoys learning about his clients’ unique ideas and approaches to business and offering them solutions to the challenges they may face in litigation. Matt’s clients rely on him to provide honest feedback, even if it is not always what they want to hear. He greatly values integrity in his legal practice and cares deeply about the work he produces.

Applying lessons learned while facing adversity to his law practice

Throughout his military service, Matt was surrounded by dedicated men and women he greatly admired, both personally and professionally. Although he accrued several military designations and awards, including the Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist insignia and the Navy Enlisted Classification of NSW/CSS, he most cherishes his time spent on deployment overseas: first, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in 2015 and most recently to the AFRICOM Area of Responsibility in 2020. The lessons he learned from higher- and lower-ranking colleagues during these times were invaluable. He says the dedication of his fellow service men and women never waivered during those times, and he seeks to emulate their loyalty and perseverance in everything he does.

After witnessing many of the poorest parts of the world, Matt makes time to give back to those in need whenever possible, including assisting in establishing a fundraiser and college trust for the children of a former industry professional lost to cancer. In addition to his pro bono work, Matt also enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and coached his son’s pee wee football and baseball teams.

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