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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1983, Missouri Law Review, Staff Member; Order of the Coif
    • B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1978, Tau Beta Phi and Chi Epsilon honorary engineering fraternities
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1994
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1983
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2015

Matthew Hale has negotiated some of the area’s largest construction contracts totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in value.  Drawing on his engineering experience and education, Matthew represents owners (both for-profit and non-profit entities), architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and other professional design firms involved in construction law matters.  He offers guidance on numerous matters, such as claims relating to defective work and design, delays, differing site conditions, bid mistakes and protests, mechanic’s liens, and payment and performance bond matters for federal, state, and local projects.  Depending on the clients’ goals and requirements, he resolves these claims before a jury or arbitration panels.

Beyond his construction law practice, Matthew also has extensive experience representing clients in general litigation and commercial law matters. He has successfully litigated several multimillion dollar lawsuits. In-house counsel seek Matthew’s assistance in negotiating and implementing construction and development contracts, as well as in developing trial strategies, organizing and prioritizing voluminous records and information, and serving as chief trial counsel.

  • Represented one of the nation’s largest long-distance carriers in connection with construction claims related to installation of fiber optic cables throughout the West Coast.
  • Represented nonprofit cancer research facility in connection with negotiation of $100 million construction contract for new facility in Kansas City.
  • Represented motorcycle manufacturer in connection with $100 million manufacturing facility located in North Kansas City, Mo.
  • Prosecuted complex refrigeration system claims in connection with cold commercial storage facilities.
  • Prosecuted complex heating, ventilation, and air conditioning claims in connection with nursing home facility located in Illinois.
  • Successfully defended claims of engineering malpractice in connection with modular retaining wall systems.
Publications & Presentations
Frequent presenter
National Business Institute and Lorman Education Service Seminars
January 2009
Publications & Presentations
Author of numerous articles
Modern Builder, a publication of the Missouri Builders Association
January 2009
Publications & Presentations
Author of numerous articles
Kansas City Business Journal
January 2009
Publications & Presentations
Change, Time and Termination, Chapter 3
Kansas Bar Association Construction Law Handbook
January 2006
Publications & Presentations
Change, Time and Termination, Chapter 8
Missouri Bar Construction Law Manual, 2nd Edition
January 2004