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Michael L. Matkins

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Founding Partner Michael L. Matkins is a businessman who happens to be an accomplished lawyer. With 50 years of deal-making in his pocket, he brings value to every acquisition, sale, financing, or development of real property that he touches. Clients look to him for practical, business-savvy advice rooted in his deep understanding of the real estate marketplace.

Market Leadership

To say that Mike’s connection to the real estate market is substantial would be an understatement. He knows the people, their biases, and goals—who’s doing what, which assets are trending, and what terms the market is accepting.

His clients trust his ability to understand what they want to accomplish, assess others' motivations, and negotiate beneficial terms in real estate deals that range from millions to hundreds of millions and billions of dollars.

Risks and Rewards

Over the years, Mike has represented sophisticated entrepreneurs in transactions involving complicated financings for multi-asset, multi-state deals. From portfolio sales to one-off investments in large-scale industrial, mixed-use, retail, recreational, and office developments, he is known for his ability to accurately judge and quantify risks and rewards and communicate them within the context of his clients’ goals. This is the reason he continues to maintain and expand trusted business advisory relationships. Often, clients readily turn deals over to him to handle from start to closing.

Industry Involvement

Mike’s involvement on top industry advisory boards has netted long-standing relationships with investment bankers, leading brokers, and others, making him a valuable resource for the firm’s clients. His ability to pair client objectives with appropriate funding sources is second to none. His macro outlook—who will be interested, who will not be interested—turns ideas into reality, covering instruments that range from equity, preferred equity, and debt financing. With his pulse on the markets and his relationship with all the major players, Mike has a solid understanding of the real estate industry and is a sought-after speaker on real estate and finance trends for various professional organizations.

Memberships and Boards

  • University of Southern California, Lusk Center for Real Estate, advisory council member
  • Stanford’s Professionals in Real Estate, Board of Governors member
  • Urban Land Institute, Board of Governors member
  • Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles, Board of Advisors member
  • Dermody Properties, Advisory Board member
  • Dedeaux Properties, Advisory Board member
  • Dansk Investments, Advisory Board member
  • PeerStreet, Inc., Advisory Board member


  • Consistently ranked as one of the best real estate lawyers in California by Chambers & Partners USA
  • Consistently included in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Real Estate Law (1987 - 2019)
  • Consistently included in Southern California Super Lawyers (2004 - 2018)
  • Continuously designated a “Leading Individual,” as a California real estate lawyer, the highest ranking given by Practical Law Company
  • Featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal's Special Report on Who's Who in Real Estate
  • Co-Chairman of Urban Land Institute's Fall Meeting; 75th Anniversary (2011)
  • Recognized as Los Angeles Leader of the Year (2017) by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society


Mike received his B.A. from Stanford University and received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. 

Bar Admissions

  • California