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Matthew L. Harris Esq.

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lubbock, TX

5.0   18 reviews

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    A divorce lawyer helps you if you no longer want to be married. Whether you want a legal separation or the marriage ended, divorce lawyers assist you to arrange financial and family matters, typically in a negotiation with your spouse's lawyer.

  2. Child custody
    20%
    If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court.

  3. Family
    20%
    Family law includes laws of marriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody and kidnapping.

  4. Litigation
    20%
    Litigation lawyers handle the litigation process and understand all of the ins and outs of the courtroom. A litigation lawyer can also help you decide whether your case is appropriate for a lawsuit, or if it might be better handled through mediation.

Prior to deciding to go to law school, I served eight years in the United States Air Force in a Special Operations occupation as a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) member, and am an Iraq War Veteran. Since beginning my law career as a Reserve Police Officer in 2004, I've gained immeasurable experience in in Divorce, Child Support/Child Custody, Adoptions, and Personal Injury.  One thing that I really enjoy about my profession is being able to connect with my clients and their families and helping them through a difficult time of their lives.

I was selected as Boss of the Year (2014) by the Lubbock Legal Professionals Association, the National Advocates chose me as one of their Top 40 under 40 in 2016, and I have been named a Rising Star for 2018-2020 by Super Lawyers.

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Licensed for 11 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2011
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Matthew

Matthew Harris Law, PLLC
1101 Broadway Street
Lubbock, TX, 79401

Reviews

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Posted by Pete | December 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best law firm in West Texas
By far the absolute BEST LAW FIRM IN LUBBOCK AND WEST TEXAS!!! Friendly, professional, efficient and caring. They will treat you like family even after your case is finalized. Only firm I will ever trust!
Posted by Michael | June 24, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Above and beyond customer service
I can’t thank Matthew’s legal secretary, Blake Walterscheid, enough. I’ve appreciated his professionalism, patience, and time over the phone. Although they do not cover the county in which I need representation, Blake continued to assist me in finding another attorney although he had no obligation to do so. It’s been a very frustrating process and his assistance has been so helpful!
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Posted by MARY | June 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Impressed and Hopeful for Mr. Matthew Harris’ Help!
I live in Albuquerque , N.M. and work at a VA, and serve veterans in my career. To start, Mr. Harris’s service as a veteran in the Air Force is the very first impressive detail I read on his resume. My case originated in Lubbock TX in 2001, to this present day. After my recent initial phone consult, I am very optimistic that I have found the perfect fit in Mr. Harris, to assist me, with my potentially complicated case. Mr. Harris explained things very well, and answered my many questions . Thank you for your service Mr. Harris! I look forward to having you represent me in my case !
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Posted by Matthew O. | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nothing but great things to say
For over two years I have had the worst luck possible with attorney's and the courts while fighting for custody of my son. I have hired three previous attorneys and have repeatedly came across attorneys who wouldn't return phone calls/emails, weren't ever available to talk, didn't show evidence in court or wouldn't fight my case in court, or would flat out ask for outrageous amounts of money with nothing in return. That was before I decided to hire Matthew Harris. Matthew Harris has been an amazing attorney since day one! He has shown a great deal of effort in my child custody battle and I know he will continue to do so. He has put in numerous hours of overtime and has even used some of his personal time during his weekends. He has shown a great amount of knowledge in law and has effectively explained law in a manner where anyone could understand it. He has informed me of what the possible outcomes are while going through the legal process. I regret not hiring Matthew Harris sooner. When I called him with my initial issue, he was able to make an appointment with me immediately and he was able to begin working on my case shortly after. Do not wait two years and go through several attorneys like I did! Allow Matthew Harris and his team to represent you! You will not disappointed!
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Response from Matthew Harris April 25, 2018
Mr. Olivarez, we can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your experience with our Firm. We really put forth a team effort on your behalf, and are fortunate to have you as a client. Your efforts as a father are truly awe-inspiring and your son is lucky to have you on his side. Thank you for trusting us to help your family in your hour of need. We can't wait to see what the future holds for you! -MH
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Posted by Brandon | July 1, 2015
Great team at work!
Carrie Harris is a very helpful attorney who I feel takes a very personal approach to her cases. I had a big case between two big weight giants who were pointing blame on all sides. I let her be my voice and she took great care of me and got me back to a great position. I thank her and the team at Matthew Harris Law for helping me get through my tough situation. A big plus you can actually talk to the attorneys here rather than talk to the receptionist over the phone this was a huge plus!
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Posted by ARod | October 17, 2014
Our hope when there was no hope
Matthew Harris law is a must. He has not only given hope when things were hopeless he has helped bring restoration. He works hard and and does not give up. I highly recommend Matthew Harris. He's super awesome!
Posted by James | August 27, 2014
JF
I live over two thousand miles away from my Texas home and was was recently faced with a legal matter that required my presence to resolve. Fortunately I found Matthew Harris Law and they were able to solve the problem quickly and completely without my need to travel and miss work for a week or more. I was so pleased with their friendly and professional service that if I return to live in Lubbock again I will ask Matthew Harris Law to handle all my legal affairs. JF
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Posted by Bryan | June 13, 2014
Thank you so very much! Saving the chickens
I had chickens in my backyard and the city has come by to let me know that I am not allowed to have chickens. I called Mathew Harris up he was very prompt to help. I was fined 7 different fines at 134.00 per fine for having chickens in my backyard. I let Mathew know that I should have the right to have them. The city of Lubbock has a zoning laws that does not allow anyone to have any chickens in the city limits. They have stated that chickens was a nuisance. I had a petition signed by all who live in my neighborhood as Mathew instructed me. However with current zoning laws in place I had to give them up. Mathew was quick to help and has always informed me of what was going on. He had every fine dismissed and wants to continue the fight for peoples rights to have chickens in there backyard. I was so happy that Mathew has taken my case and he was very excited to take the case. He always showed me the kindness and courtesy I expected. I have had a few attorneys fight different cases for me but none have shown or have gone the distance that Mathew has gone through for me. I will very highly ask that you think twice before hiring anyone ells. From this day forward I will surly go to Mathew there is just no question in my mind. I am not dumb I know a good thing when I see it and I am going to tell the world. Thank you Mathew for all the help you have given unto me.
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Posted by Jacey | June 1, 2014
Highly Recommended Law Firm
Mr. Harris and his law firm worked diligently to help me out of a speeding ticket. Mr. Harris was kind, nonjudgmental, and caring while working with me. I would highly recommend him and his firm.
Posted by Kayla | May 29, 2014
Source of Comfort in Time of Need
Following my Father's death, Mr. Harris represented my mother and I in probating and distributing his estate. He was very knowledgeable and always kept us apprised of the status of our case. Not only was he extremely helpful but he was gracious, comforting and truly helped relieve some of the burden that we felt after losing our loved one. We never felt neglected and always felt supported by Mr. Harris. He was a true blessing during a trying time.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2014
Graceful Under Fire
Great listener: he was able to give a summary of the overall situation after it was presented to him. He gave a realistic assessment of the situation that was straightforward and to the point.
Posted by Lance | March 5, 2014
Best experience with a lawyer.
I have nothing but good things to say about this law firm. they were fast, knowledgeable, willing to work with me on the retainer. I hope never to need them again but if the situation arises they will be my first call.
Posted by Carman | November 27, 2013
Confident, knowledgeable, and very attentive
Mr. Harris represented me in a not-at-fault accident. He was professional, courteous, and very respectful. I appreciated the way he and his staff returned my calls and kept me informed. Mr. Harris is always upfront and honest with me when talking to me about my case. The settlement process was stress-free, and a more-than-fair settlement amount was awarded. I was both relieved and pleased with the money and the fact that I did not have to deal with the insurance company myself.
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Posted by William | November 21, 2013
Great lawyer and great team
Matthew and his team worked hard on our case, we're aggressive when it was needed and kept us informed at all times. They were very easy to reach on the phone, always called back and made time for face to face meetings also. Very reasonable pricing and billing. Would definitely use again.
Posted by JmP_Geosci | September 8, 2013
Outstanding!
Matthew Harris is an outstanding attorney. He will fight for you and works hard to represent your interests. The firm's staff are all extremely helpful and do everything to help you and comfort you in your time of need. Matthew is extremely knowledgeable and professional. I will be returning to him should the need arise. You can settle for some lawyer who does the minimum to represent you or you can choose Matthew Harris. His service in the US Air Force have given him the skills to be aggressive yet calm and he will never fail his mission, to represent you.
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Posted by Troy | July 2, 2012
Hard Worker
Matthew Harris went above and beyond for me. His pricing was very fair, and I have learned a lot from this experience. While I hope to never need an attorney, I certainly have found one that I will use for any future altercations. If you need a lawyer, don't hesitate to give him a call. He's incredibly motivated and is not a "holier than thou" attorney, meaning he will give you the attention you deserve.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2012
Very Pleasant Experience - and we won!
Number 1, Mr. Harris returned my phone calls...VERY important to me. Number 2, he has a team that works very well together and communicated with me regularly. Number 3, Mr. Harris was a good listener. I can't tell you how much that means to me.
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2011
Brilliant, Determined, Hardworking, Honest
Mr. Harris is a wonderful lawyer. He is courteous, respectful, and straightforward. He is very professional and will work hard for you. If he accepts your case, rest assure, you are in very capable hands.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-225 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chief Attorney in Charge
  • Matthew Harris Law, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor - Law Office Management
  • Texas Tech University School Of Law
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Student Attorney in Civil Litigation Clinic
  • Texas Tech School Of Law
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • James Joplin, Attorney at Law
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • County Court at Law Number 1, Lubbock County, Texas
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Military Training Leader
  • United State Air Force
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)
  • United State Air Force
  • 2000 - 2005
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Education

  • Texas Tech School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Community College of the Air Force
  • AAS - Associate in Applied Science
  • 2007
  • American Military University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
  • Community College of the Air Force
  • AAS - Associate in Applied Science
  • 2006
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Legal Cases

  • *** v. Texas Department of Family & Protective Services
  • CPS admitted that they had filed a frivolous action against our clients and paid over $11,000.00 in attorney's fees.

Associations

  • West Texas Smoke Free Coalition
  • Chairman
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lubbock Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Legislative Committee - Lubbock Area Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Director
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
  • Government Relations Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • American Inns of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Assistant Scoutmaster
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2019
  • South Plains Family Law Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Secretary for Lubbock Pack 543 Committee
  • 2011 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Boss of the Year 2013-2014
  • Lubbock Legal Professionals Association
  • 2014
  • Nominated for Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • Lubbock Area Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Nominated for Boss of the Year
  • Lubbock Legal Professionals Association
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Excellence in Legal Research
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • 2010
  • U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Air Force
  • 2005
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • U.S. Air Force
  • 2005
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2003
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Discussion: Texas Tech School of Law
  • How to Get a Job After Law School: The Unclassified Story
  • 2014
  • Lubbock Legal Professionals Association Continuing Legal Education
  • Gun Laws That Every Texan Should Know
  • 2013
  • Lubbock Legal Professionals Association Continuing Legal Education
  • Who Wants This Kid?! Considerations in Texas Adoptions
  • 2013
  • Law Office Management Seminar
  • Law Office Management & Technology
  • 2012
  • Opening Your Own Law Firm
  • Law Office Management and Solo Practice
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (33)
Endorse Matthew
Litigation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt brings his battlefield experience into the courtroom and fights for his clients. You can trust him to handle your case with care."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is highly respected in Texas. Matthew is one of the best attorneys in the Texas panhandle. He is an exceptional advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Other
"Highly skilled and respected in the community. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Harris since law school. He is utterly devoted to his clients and to doing the best job possible for them. His commitment to community involvement and service is admirable. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and highly recommended as an asset to this community."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Harris is compassionate, dedicated and efficient. He zealously represents his clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a very passionate lawyer who cares deeply for his clients. Combine that passion with his knowledge of the law and you get an effective, outstanding lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Harris is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients"
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Matthew Harris. I have reviewed his comments, recommendations and references to the law. The advice offered by Mr. Harris has been on point and is always sound. While the State Bar of Texas and AVVO are greatly benefited by his knowledge, those litigants fortunate enough to be represented by him are fortunate indeed."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I would highly recommend Mr. Harris for any matter that he is willing and able to take your case. Mr. Harris has always been a highly motivated and dedicated person, and those qualities have transitioned into his legal practice. He is experienced, determined to help his clients succeed, and he does it all with a smile and a firm handshake. I would give my highest recommendation to Mr. Harris and his firm."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Matthew Harris. Matthew's drive and determination are widely known and I have the deepest of respect for him, not only as an attorney, but as a person."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Harris is the kind of attorney every client wants and every adversary hates going against. He is gracious, zealous, compassionate and a force to be reckoned with. Mr. Harris takes to heart his oath to "honestly demean himself" everyday for the sake of his clients. I have had the privilege of not only working with Mr. Harris but of being his friend for a number of years. If ever it was necessary, Mr. Harris is who I would want on my side. I cannot endorse Mr. Harris highly enough."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've had the pleasure of working with Matthew on a daily basis. Matthew genuinely cares about his clients and their interest. He fights for his clients with a sense of dedication, sensitivity, and zeal that is unparalleled by most attorneys. Matthew shows the steadfastness, strength of conviction, and confidence of a seasoned attorney."
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