Matthew W. Caligur

Partner

Houston
T +1.713.646.1355
F +1.713.751.1717

Overview

Matthew Caligur is the managing partner of BakerHostetler's Houston office. Matthew is a seasoned litigator with a successful track record of advocating forcefully for his clients in the courtroom, and providing sound counsel to help them resolve complex disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Matthew has handled a wide range of complex litigation and international trade matters in an array of industries, including healthcare, technology, life sciences, energy, manufacturing, transportation and mass media.

Select Experience

Commercial Litigation
  • Represented an international manufacturer of on-highway diesel engines in dispute with fleet customer in one of the first cases tried to a verdict involving U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards for model year 2004.
Customs and International Trade
  • Regularly counsels clients on a variety of U.S. customs issues, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin determinations, free trade agreements, penalty proceedings and duty-preference programs.
Product Liability
  • Represented a healthcare services company and employee pharmacists in a wrongful death action arising from an alleged prescription error involving look-alike and sound-alike drug names.
More »

Experience

Commercial Litigation
  • Represented an international manufacturer of on-highway diesel engines in dispute with fleet customer in one of the first cases tried to a verdict involving U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards for model year 2004.
  • Represented a global leader in providing pre-engineered and custom-engineered air pollution control systems and services in contract dispute against a municipal utility resulting in a landmark Texas Supreme Court opinion on governmental immunity issues.
  • Represented an international healthcare services company in several matters relating to contract disputes over outsourced hospital pharmacy management services.
  • Represented a leading producer of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper in a multibillion-dollar environmental civil penalty action brought by local governmental entity.
  • Represented a global medical technology company in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute involving diagnostic imaging equipment and related service agreements.
  • Represented an engineering, procurement, construction and installation company in an arbitration involving a contract dispute arising from the engineering and construction of an offshore spar serving as the world's deepest dry-tree platform.
  • Represented international heavy truck and engine manufacturer in dispute with overseas parts supplier.
  • Represented a national retailer in contract dispute with overseas supplier involving fraudulent wiring instructions.
  • Represented a national operator of drug rehabilitation and mental health treatment centers in dispute with managed care company over reimbursement for toxicology screening services.
  • Represented molecular pathology laboratory and shareholders in dispute over purchase and sale agreement.
  • Represented group practice specializing in allergy, asthma and clinical ENT services in contract dispute over partnership and employment agreement with retiring shareholder.
  • Represented regional medical center in dispute with managed health care companies over out-of-network billing for laboratory services.
  • Represented employee-owned company in dispute with prescription benefit management company involving withholding of reimbursement payments.
Customs and International Trade
  • Regularly counsels clients on a variety of U.S. customs issues, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin determinations, free trade agreements, penalty proceedings and duty-preference programs.
  • Represented a multinational automotive manufacturer in a $42 million civil penalty case involving record-keeping requirements under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • Represented a multinational automotive manufacturer in matters seeking duty refunds in connection with drawback claims and reconciliation entries subject to deemed liquidation.
  • Represented a global provider of orthopedic devices in an internal review of classification decisions and claims for preferential duty treatment under NAFTA.
  • Represented an importer of heavy-duty modular transporters contesting U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) decision to alter its classification position without notice as required under 19 USC § 1625(c).
  • Represented an importer of steam turbine rotors in responding to a notice of penalty issued in connection with a temporary import under bond.
  • Represented clients in the preparation and submission of prior disclosures to CBP.
  • Represented clients in the preparation and submission of voluntary self-disclosures to the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Product Liability
  • Represented a healthcare services company and employee pharmacists in a wrongful death action arising from an alleged prescription error involving look-alike and sound-alike drug names.
  • Represented a manufacturer of portable mechanical ventilators in a wrongful death case alleging that the unit failed to emit audible or visual alarms.
  • Represented the manufacturer of a large-volume infusion pump in a case alleging violations of the False Claims Act.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2005 to 2007, 2009 to 2011)

Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation

Publications

Alerts

Community

  • City of Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission: Commissioner
  • Central Houston, Inc., Audit Committee: Member

Pro Bono

  • Obtained final judgment ordering the return of a child to the child’s country of habitual residence in an international child abduction case brought under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
  • Handled immigration matters involving political asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile status, and related administrative and equitable relief.
  • Handled probate claims and landlord/tenant disputes for clients in connection with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2001, summa cum laude; Order of the Lytae; The Order of the Barristers
  • M.S., University of North Texas, 1991
  • B.A., University of North Texas, 1989