“My priority is the effective and efficient representation of my client’s needs whether in defense of a third party claim or acquisition of property rights. I understand the value of time and pride myself on the relentless advocacy to ensure the most successful resolution in a manner that makes the most commercial sense for clients.”
Matt is an experienced trial and appellate litigator assisting clients with claims and disputes primarily in the energy sector. Matt’s practice is largely focused on pipeline related matters, including servitudes (easements) and expropriation suits, involving pipeline and underground storage projects from inception to conclusion for natural gas, crude oil, and refined product pipelines. His pipeline practice also includes assisting midstream companies in the defense of claims for breach of contract or environmental damage claims. Matt’s pipeline practice encompasses the representation of midstream companies before local and state agencies, including the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
Matt also handles environmental matters for industry clients—including property contamination, personal injury class actions, mass tort, regulatory litigation, and occupational disease—in both state and federal court.
Because of his vast experience in acquiring property through Louisiana’s expropriation process in both state and federal courts, Matt helps clients with their carbon capture efforts by helping them obtain needed property rights to transform their CCS projects from a drawing to turning dirt.
Matt also has experience in real estate law and litigation. He helps clients with a variety of matters including property disputes, negotiations, and litigation.
“I have worked extensively with Lou Buatt and Matt Simone over the years and they are top notch. I have also worked with several other lawyers in the firm and I hold them in the highest regard.”
– Best Lawyers Client Comment, 2023
In a high-stakes mass toxic tort case, Matt was one of two trial lawyers for the team defending a major international joint venture facing over a thousand claims following a chemical release in a densely populated area. The defense succeeded in removing the case to federal court, arguing application of the Class Action Fairness Act, a federal statute that expanded federal diversity jurisdiction over class actions. The trial result: zero verdict for the defense.
“Special kudos to Mr. Matthew Simone for being our right hand on our daily legal issues in Louisiana.”
– Best Lawyers Client Comment, 2020