Matt Kita is Of Counsel at Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP. Matt’s practice has focused primarily on authoring briefs and presenting oral argument in Texas and California’s state and federal appellate courts. He also specializes in law-and-motion practice in the trial courts, prepares jury instructions, drafts proposed written opinions to support arbitration awards, and authors comprehensive mediation statements. His civil practice is concentrated on representing victims of personal injuries, civil-rights violations, and reputational torts. He has argued and obtained favorable results for his clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and several of Texas’s intermediate appellate courts. He has also presented oral argument to the California Courts of Appeal in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In 2013, Matt received the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association’s “John Howie Award,” which is given “for the courageous pursuit of justice in the face of adversity.” Since 2014, he has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer and as one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Matt graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in political science, from the University of Maryland with a master’s degree in education policy, and received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. After law school he served as a law clerk to Justice Eva Guzman on Texas’s Fourteenth Court of Appeals.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly for practicing plaintiff’s appellate law in Texas, Matt is also a long-suffering fan of the Buffalo Bills.