Matthew Merriott

Matthew S. Merriott


Matthew Merriott is a trial attorney with Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough, LLP, having worked with the firm since 2017. Since then, he has worked on a wide variety of litigation matters, including commercial and real property issues, highly technical personal injury cases, and complex probate disputes. He has also handled appellate matters and has argued before the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. In his practice, Matthew enjoys learning about specialized industries and issues and using that knowledge to solve his clients’ unique problems.

Matthew graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in 2014. He earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, summa cum laude, in 2017.  During law school, he received academic honors in  Commercial Litigation, Advanced Bankruptcy Law, Income Tax Law, and many other classes. During school, he competed in Intraschool competitions for Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Negotiations and then served in leadership on the Board of Barristers that administers the competitions. He participated in the Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic and worked as a mediator with Lubbock’s Dispute Resolution Center.  After graduation, Matthew was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif honor society.

Since moving to Amarillo in 2017, Matthew and his wife, Deirdre, have started becoming part of the Amarillo community. Deirdre is a teacher at Travis Middle School Matthew serves as a board member for the  Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association and for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle. Matthew and Deirdre enjoy trying new local restaurants, hiking in the canyon with their dogs, and visiting the Amarillo Little Theatre.

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, 2017
    • Business Law Concentration
    • Order of the Coif, 20178
    • Board of Barristers, Vice Chair of Administration
    • Advanced ADR Clinic
    • Awards of academic excellence in numerous classes
  • Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, 2014
  • Texas, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Untied States District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Amarillo Area Bar Association
  • Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association, Board Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • “What’s in a Name? – Correctly Identifying Parties,” Texas Panhandle Paralegal Association, August 2020.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle, Board Member
  • Los Barrios de Amarillo
  • Amarillo Competitive Fencing Association

Oil & Gas Disputes

  • Crawford v. XTO Energy, Inc., 02-18-00217-CV (Tex. App.—Fort Worth December 19, 2019, pet. filed)

Insurance Coverage

  • State Farm Lloyds v. MacKeen, No. 07-17-00175-CV, 2019 WL 2168041 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2019, no pet. h.)

Civil Procedure

  • In re DCP Operating Co, No. 07-18-00416-CV, 2019 WL 1908147 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2019) (orig. proceeding)

Bankruptcy Jurisdiction

  • Lone Star State Bank of West Texas v. Rabo Agrifinance, LLC (In re: Waggoner Cattle, LLC), No. 18-20126-RLJ-11, 2019 WL 469367 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Feb. 6, 2019)
  • Lone Star State Bank of West Texas v. Waggoner (In re Waggoner Cattle, LLC), No. 18-20126-RLJ-11, 2018 WL 6060351 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Nov. 19, 2018)

In April 2019, Matthew S. Merriott argued against the application of the strip and gore doctrine in Richard D. Crawford v. XTO Energy, Inc. before the Second Court of Appeals. This case addresses whether the owner of a small mineral tract was entitled to unpaid royalties from the operator. The operator claimed that, under the strip and gore doctrine, the landowner’s predecessor had transferred the tract to a developer when she deeded adjacent tracts, even though that deed did not describe the mineral tract. The landowner maintained that the strip and gore doctrine did not apply because the tract had not ceased to be of benefit or importance to the landowner’s predecessor.

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