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. A seasoned litigator, he serves as a forceful advocate for his clients in the courtroom, efficiently handling complex litigation and international trade matters. Utilizing his expansive knowledge of a variety of industries, Matthew provides sound counsel to assist clients in resolving their complex disputes, notably in the healthcare, technology, life sciences, energy, manufacturing, transportation and mass media sectors.

Described as “…hard-working, intelligent, and inventive” by his peers, Matthew works closely with clients to understand and achieve their goals in a methodical, cost-effective manner

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

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