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Matthew A. Kornhauser

Matthew A. Kornhauser

5051 Westheimer, Suite 1200
Houston, Texas 77056
United States

Telephone: 713-977-8686
Facsimile: 713-977-5395
Firm: Hoover Slovacek Attorneys at Law
Practice Overview:
Commercial litigation and real estate law firm. Legal services include real estate, corporate and business, entertainment law, estate planning and probate, construction, bankruptcy, intellectual property and technology, tax law, employment and family law, advertising and marketing, data security, privacy law, and community association representation.


Professional Profile:
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Matthew Kornhauser, a partner in the Hoover Slovacek litigation practice, has been handling complex commercial disputes on behalf of businesses and successful business professionals since 1986. He is involved in every aspect of the litigation process including pre-trial discovery, trial work and appellate arguments. He also engages in mediation and arbitration when appropriate for dispute resolution.

Mr. Kornhauser has represented clients in Texas State District Courts, The United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas, The United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He serves on the Hoover Slovacek executive committee and has an integral role in establishing firm processes and procedures, as well as overseeing the management of operations as they pertain to the professionals and staff, client dealings and business development.

Mr. Kornhauser primarily represents real estate owners, investors, developers, builders, commercial landlords, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT), banks, corporations (both publicly-traded and privately held), trusts, partners/partnerships and Home Owners Associations (HOAs). His practice is evenly divided between representing plaintiffs and defendants and he has earned a distinguished reputation for his expertise in land use matters, particularly restrictive covenants relating to commercial/residential developments and golf course and country club communities. In fact, Mr. Kornhauser recently testified before the State of Texas Legislature and was instrumental in the passage of a law that restricted the manner in which property located within a golf course community can be re-platted.

Mr. Kornhauser has also developed a niche practice involving issues related to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). As more and more businesses are involved in global trade, particularly those domiciled in international cities like Houston, complex matters relating to foreign policy, national security, United Nation’s mandates, and other compliance issues often come into play. Mr. Kornhauser works with small- and mid-sized businesses and multinational clients who are engaged in global trade activities where such disputes have arisen.

Mr. Kornhauser is one of the few attorneys in the country who specializes in legal disputes relating to the use of golf course property. Specifically, Mr. Kornhauser represents clients concerning land use disputes that arise when the owner of a subdivision golf course seeks to redevelop the property for commercial or residential use. Mr. Kornhauser has successfully prosecuted suits which have imposed an implied “golf-use only” restriction on an unrestricted subdivision golf course and prevented the owner from developing it for commercial use. Mr. Kornhauser has also successfully represented owners of golf courses in suits brought by home owners to impose implied “golf use only” restrictions on the unrestricted subdivision golf course. Mr. Kornhauser also represents clients relating to golf course land use matters that arise within municipalities, including rezoning and replatting matters which seek to change the use designation of golf course property. Mr. Kornhauser has also testified to legislative subcommittees in Texas which have passed legislation designed to preserve the integrity of subdivision golf courses. Mr. Kornhauser is the author of legal and other articles on these issues, most notably, “The Battle Between Homeowners and Developers, When a golf course owner decides to redevelop his course, he could face implied restrictions” which appeared in the winter 2013 edition of Golf Inc. magazine.

UndergraduateUniversity of TexasBachelor of Arts1983
LawSouth Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence1986

Affiliations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas, Member
Houston Bar Association, Member
American Board Association, Member
Texas Association of Bank Counsel, Member
Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston, Member, Board of Directors