Matthew R. House

 
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Partner

mhouse@jamesandhouse.com
(501) 372–6555 (Office)
(501) 372–6333 (Facsimile)

Primary Practice Areas

Estate, Trust and Probate Litigation

Business and Commercial Litigation 

Family Law/ Collaborative Divorce

Personal Injury/Accidents/Wrongful Death

Construction Disputes

Employment Litigation

Health Care/Hospital Disputes

False Claims Act (Qui Tam) Litigation

Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution

Federal/State Appeals 

Memberships

Arkansas Bar Association (Member of House of Delegates, 2012-2015)

Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association

Pulaski County Bar Association

Collaborative Family Lawyers of Arkansas, Inc.  

Honors/Awards 

Named to the 2012-2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers Lists (Estate and Trust Litigation; Business Litigation; General Litigation)

Named to the Little Rock Soiree “Top 100” Lawyers List (Business Litigation---2013; Alternative Dispute Resolution---2016)

Named to the 2013 Arkansas Business “40 Under 40” List

2013 co-recipient of Arkansas Bar Association’s “Lawyer Community Legacy” Award

2012 co-recipient of Arkansas DHS/Governor’s Office/KARK Channel 4 “Community Service [Individual] Award”

2011 recipient of Arkansas Bar Association Young Lawyer Section’s “Frank C. Elcan II Leadership Award”

2010-2011 member of Arkansas Bar Association’s Leadership Academy

2010 co-recipient of Hendrix College’s “Outstanding Young Alumnus” Award

2009-2010 co-recipient of Arkansas Bar Association’s “Presidential Award of Excellence”

2008-2009 recipient of Arkansas Bar Association Judith Ryan Gray “Outstanding Young Lawyer” Service Award

Blog

Author of WEALTH WARS:  Arkansas Estate, Trust, Probate And Inheritance Litigation And Dispute Resolution Blog (www.arkansaswealthwars.com)

Education

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, Little Rock, Arkansas (Juris Doctor) (1999)

Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas (Bachelor of Arts --- Politics major) (1996)

Thomas Edison Preparatory High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma (1992)

Admissions

All Arkansas courts, including Arkansas Supreme Court and Arkansas Court of Appeals

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

United States District Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri

United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Publications

Chair, Editor, and Contributing Author of 18 and Life To Go:  A Legal Handbook For Young Arkansans, a publication authored by the ABA’s Young Lawyers Section (available at  https://www.arkbar.com/home)

Author, Remember Your Oath?:  Young Lawyers’ Obligation To Render Public Service, Spring 2009, YLS In Brief, Arkansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section 

Co-Author, Pretextual Use of Search Warrants in Federal White Collar Crime Investigations of Legitimate Businesses to Conduct Custodial Interrogations of Targets, Employees, and Occupants:  Can They Really Do That?, 26 U. Ark. Little Rock Law Rev. No. 2 (Winter 2004)

Professional Biography

Matt has been practicing with the firm ever since graduating from law school in 1999.  He served as a law clerk for the firm commencing in 1998 while attending law school.  Matt has handled a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation for individuals and businesses, ranging from small entities to Fortune 500 companies.  

He has also spoken at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars (e.g., Arkansas Bar Association Annual Convention; ABA’s “Best of CLE” seminar; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, etc.) on such issues as estate and trust litigation, electronic surveillance, and qui tam suits under the federal False Claims Act.  

Personal BIOGRAPHY

In his free time Matt enjoys the outdoors, exercising, traveling, reading, and Arkansas Razorback football, basketball and tailgating.  He is a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.  

Matt also keeps busy with charitable activities, participating in such efforts as the Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS)  a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing free legal representation to low-income Arkansans.  

He is co-founder, former President, and former Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Harmony Health Clinic, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing fee medical and dental care to low-income, uninsured Arkansans living or working in Pulaski County.  

Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pulaski County Single Parent Scholarship Fund.  

Matt’s thoughts on the practice of law 

“While the lawyer cannot change the underlying facts or events in a given case, they can impact the final result through long hours and old-fashioned hard work – striving to out-work, out-prepare, out-research, and out-organize the other side.  Hard work in a case with a good set of facts can often achieve better results than originally anticipated.  Hard work in a case with a bad set of facts can often have the effect of leveling the playing field, thereby also achieving better results than originally anticipated.  Absent settlement the final outcome in a litigated matter is ultimately determined by a judge or jury, but attention to detail and long hours can without question influence that outcome.”