Matthew I. Weinstein 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 project 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 is 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 round-table leader at the ICSC Law Conference, most recently leading a panel titled “It’s All a Matter of Taste (and Evolution): Negotiating Exclusives, Use Restrictions and Prohibited Uses in the Modern Real World.” Matthew has been featured as a guest speaker for the Building Owners and Managers Association and NAIOP, discussing office and street-level retail leasing related issues.
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.
- Represented a Florida-based developer in the development of numerous retail strip center from Florida to Alaska. In addition to assisting the client with the acquisition, financing, leasing, and disposition of retail property, assisted the client with complex title, entitlement, and environmental issues that arose during the course of due diligence, development, and construction of the properties.
- Represented a Philadelphia-based real estate developer in connection with the acquisition, development, and site work pertaining to the construction of 1.8 million sq. ft. of warehouse space located on more than 200 acres in central Pennsylvania, including the construction of various infrastructure such as roads, drainage, parking, watershed reconfiguration, and related improvements.
- Represented a Florida-based developer in connection with the acquisition and decommissioning of former gas station properties. The properties, upon removal of the underground and above-ground storage tanks and completion of any necessary remediation, are intended to be re-purposed as neighborhood retail centers.
- Represented various regional, national, and international companies as both tenant, subtenant and sublandlord in connection with the leasing of office space.
- Represented a number regional housing authorities in connection with various mixed finance low income housing transactions together with work of related home ownership programs. Funding for the transactions were derived from low income housing tax credit equity, HOPE VI funds, program income, and governmental subsidies and grants.
- Represented landlords in connection with lease negotiations and development of convenience stores, including 7-ELEVEN, Inc. and Wawa, Inc.
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
- Columbia University, B.A., 1995
BAR ADMISSIONS : New Jersey; Pennsylvania
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