Matthew has extensive experience representing real estate developers together with the owners of shopping centers, office, and warehouse/industrial projects in all aspects of the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and disposition of commercial property.
Matthew’s experience includes representation of many local, regional, and national tenants and landlords in negotiating retail, office, and warehouse/industrial leasing space in shopping centers, office complexes, industrial sites, technology parks, and incubation centers.
Matthew represents owners of retail, office, and warehouse/industrial projects in connection with the reviewing, drafting, and negotiation of construction contracts, as well as guiding clients through the bidding process. He has also assisted borrower clients in connection with the workout and restructuring of distressed loans.
In addition to his general real estate practice, Matthew also focuses on government-assisted and affordable housing matters. Matthew represented housing authorities and affordable housing developers particularly with respect to HUD and state tax credit allocating agency compliance issues. He has also been actively involved in structuring complex homeownership and rental transactions involving public, nonprofit, and private developers. In addition, he has negotiated and structured numerous tax credit/syndication transactions and related entity formation issues on behalf of housing authorities, developers, and related agencies involving various nationally recognized tax credit investors.
Matthew has written and contributed to numerous articles on a variety of real estate-related topics in leading industry publications, including Development Magazine, MedicalOfficeToday.com, Real Estate Finance Journal, and The Legal Intelligencer: Real Estate Quarterly Supplement.
Matthew is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Matthew was also a member of the 2016-17 ULI NEXT Philadelphia Cohort, an educational group designed to champion the ULI mission and foster leadership opportunities in development. He has been a frequent panel, workshop, and roundtable leader at the ICSC Law Conference on topics including exclusives, use restrictions and prohibited uses, climate change, lessons learned from COVID-19 as it pertains to lease provisions, and lease restricting and workouts. Matthew has been featured as a guest speaker for the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and NAIOP, discussing matters ranging from office and street-level retail leasing-related issues to the effects of climate change on real estate.
Matthew earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Villanova Law School, where he was the managing editor of outside articles for the Villanova Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received the Villanova Law Review Scribe’s Award for his note, "I’m Paying for That? Assessing the Constitutionality of Mandating Student Activity Fees to Support Objectionable Political and Ideological Activities at Public Universities in Southworth v. Grebe," which was published in 44 Vill. L. Rev. 257 (1999). Following law school, he clerked for Judge Arnold L. New of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District. Matthew earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.