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Michael E. McFadden

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Michael E. McFadden concentrates his practice in real estate transactions, specifically the development, leasing and ongoing management of office, retail, industrial and mixed-use projects. His practice includes the representation of landlord, tenant, sellers, buyers, developers and other users of real estate. In addition to commercial lease transactions, Michael negotiates and documents other types of real estate transactions, including build-to-suit transactions, purchase and sale transactions and various agreements governing the delivery of cutting-edge telecommunications services to tenants and other users. He is also one of the most experienced lawyers in California in connection with arbitrating fair market rental values. Michael regularly represents some of the largest national land owners, including Blackstone Real Estate, CarrAmerica Realty, Beacon Capital Partners, Maguire Properties, Kamehameha Schools (The Bishop Estate), Boston Properties, Equity Office Partners and Kilroy Realty, Inc., and some of the largest tenants in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, The Walt Disney Company and the Los Angeles Times.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Michael spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of satellite communications facilities, and 10 years at Hughes Communications Inc. (later, PanAmSat Corporation) as Manager of Telecommunications. 


  • Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, Advisory Board Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in Southern California Super Lawyers (2007, 2008, 2011)
  • The 2010 edition of the Legal 500 publication states that Michael is "acclaimed for being ‘very responsive and very attuned to the current activity and trends in the industry; he is always quick to provide sound pragmatic advice. He not only understands the mechanics of the lease language, but also the market stance on the more controversial provisions."
 Rated by Super Lawyers


Michael received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class and served as Managing Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and as a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. He received his B.S. in information systems from the University of Redlands.

Bar Admissions

  • California