To all our current and potential clients, we hope you and yours are in good health. Given the current state of our economy and the fight against the COVID-19 virus, many are under significant amounts of stress. Cotton Bledsoe is committed to do its best to help minimize that stress. The Firm is taking significant measures to protect the health of its personnel and many are now working remotely – this includes our attorneys, paralegals and legal secretaries. Our remote capabilities give us access to our systems and we are able to do everything for you that we could prior to this new (temporary) reality. Where appropriate, we have the ability to conduct most meetings virtually.

We will get through this time together. Thank you for your continued trust and please do not hesitate to contact any of our firm’s attorneys directly or through this website. We appreciate all of you and wish you the best as we navigate these unprecedented challenges together.

Matthew J. Coolbaugh
  • Associate







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Matthew is an associate in the Firm's Litigation Section. He joined the firm in 2015. He is licensed in Texas and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Matthew is a member of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.


Matthew assists clients in defending and pursuing actions involving employment and labor issues, business disputes, oil and gas disputes, and personal injury. In addition, Matthew assists senior litigation attorneys with research, the drafting of pleadings and discovery, and the daily handling of matters involving complex oil and gas litigation matters, employment and labor claims, contract disputes, and a variety of other civil matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury and Insurance Defense
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Governmental Entity Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • Juris Doctorate - 2015
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Member, Baylor’s Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Associate Editor, Baylor Law Review
    • Honors: George and Albina Kacir Memorial Award for excellence in area of Property Law
    • Honors: James R. Dickson Jr. Award for excellence in the area of Commercial Law
    • Honors: Community Bank & Trust Estate Planning and Administration Award for excellence in the areas of Estate Planning and Estate Administration
    • Honors: Member, E. Earle Zehmer National Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Member, Sutherland Cup National Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Member, Legal Ethics and Professionalism National Moot Court Competition
    • Major: Real Estate and Natural Resources
  • Cornell University
    • Bachelor of Sciences - 2010
    • Major: Atmospheric Science
    • Major: Science of Earth Systems
    • Minor: Marine Science

Published Works

  • CTS v. Waldburger: A Trend Toward Strict Construction of CERCLA, 67 BAYLOR L. REV. 721 (2015)


  • Speaker, PRIVACY AND TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE, Essentials of Employment Law, Midland, Texas, February 2016
  • Speaker, WORKPLACE CHALLENGES OF PRIVACY, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND TECHNOLOGY ISSUES, 11th Annual Current Issues in Employment Law Seminar, Midland, Texas, February 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Midland County Bar Association, Member
  • Midland County Young Lawyers Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Midland Bar Association Veterans Legal Clinic


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