Matthew D. Sawyer earned an undergraduate degree in economics and a Juris Doctor and MBA
from the University of Oklahoma.
His experience in law is tempered by business and government service. He spent two years with the
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of the Japanese government as an industry
and government analyst, and five years with a Silicon Valley software company in marketing and
sales. He was the first general counsel for the Reform Party, which he helped Ross Perot
establish, and was in-house general counsel for Perot ’96, Inc. Matt led the successful legal effort
to secure a place on each state ballot for both the 1996 and 2000 Reform Party presidential and
vice-presidential candidate. Following the 1996 election, he guided the 1996 Perot presidential
campaign’s legal response to a mandatory Federal Election Commission (FEC) audit. To his
knowledge, the 1996 Perot campaign was the first publicly-funded presidential campaign to avoid
FEC fine. He continues a busy practice in national election law to this day.
Matt has served as in-house attorney with several organizations, including the American Heart Association, where he concentrated on business transactions and negotiated and drafted hundreds of high-value contracts of diverse subject matter. He has served as lead attorney in transactions in technology, real estate, publishing, and the purchase and sale of businesses.
He is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Texas by the Texas Supreme Court, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas and the Western District in Texas, and has litigated in the United States Court of Appeal in both the Fourth and Ninth Circuits. He is a past President of the Garland Bar Association.