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Matthew T. Harris

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Nashville
T: 615.726.5759
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REITS and other public and private entities and private developers turn to Matt Harris to handle acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing and complex leasing of industrial, health care, office and wireless communications properties.

Featured Experience

Represented clients in sale-leaseback transactions of industrial and distribution properties.
Represented tenants and landlords in build-to-suit industrial projects, each in excess of 500,000 square feet.
Counsel to REITS in acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of medical office buildings and distribution center projects.

Professional Biography

Overview

Also well versed in land use and zoning law, Matt has decades of experience in representing clients before planning commissions and zoning boards in connection with required approvals for often complex and controversial projects. Matt is widely regarded as enjoying one of the most diverse commercial real estate practices in the city.

His practice ranges from representing industrial and distribution center clients in the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of industrial and distribution center projects on a national basis, to representing health care clients in the real estate aspects of hospital acquisitions and acquisition and development of health care real estate, to serving as real estate counsel to companies on complex corporate relocation projects in Tennessee.

Matt is also regarded as a highly experienced wireless communications attorney with over two decades of experience in representing wireless communications clients in all aspects of real estate matters, including:

  • Coordinating all real estate associated with market acquisition and disposition projects;
  • Overseeing the firm's wireless communications real estate team in handling leasing and purchases on a multi-state basis for network new build and collocation projects; and
  • Representing telecommunications clients and other clients in the negotiation of distributed antenna system agreements.

Clients hire Matt because he is seasoned and practical and known for the ease with which he communicates with opposing counsel. Matt is known for his affable, non-contentious negotiating approach through which the client's interest is vigorously protected, and its transaction objective accomplished in a timely and cost-effective manner. 

Matt also has represented transportation industry clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of terminal facilities. This work includes the necessary management of environmental aspects of such facilities and coordination with the Firm's environmental lawyers to identify and minimize risks associated with impacts of intense commercial vehicle use.

Matt is chair of the Firm's Real Estate/Finance Group.

Representative Matters
  • Represented clients in sale-leaseback transactions of industrial and distribution properties.
  • Represented tenants and landlords in build-to-suit industrial projects, each in excess of 500,000 square feet.
  • Counsel to REITS in acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of medical office buildings and distribution center projects.
  • Lead real estate counsel to national health care company in connection with the development, acquisition, disposition and leasing of health care facilities for such company.
  • Real estate counsel to public companies in the development of corporate headquarter projects.
  • National and regional representation of a leading wireless telecommunications company in the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and acquisition of network facilities throughout the country.
  • Representation of multi-family developers, recreational vehicle retailers and third party logistics companies in project acquisition, disposition, development and leasing.
  • Lead real estate attorney for a health care company client in the spin-off of more than 70 hospitals to two publicly traded companies.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Real Estate since 2003
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Real Estate Law and Litigation – Real Estate since 2007
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Real Estate (2006 – 2013, 2018)
  • Named to the Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" in Commercial Real Estate in 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2014
  • Member – Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member – National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Member – Hearing Panel, Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Member – Board of Directors, Family & Children's Services of Middle Tennessee
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Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of Tennessee, B.S., 1980, with honors

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1984

Matthew Harris recently joined the team from Waller, bringing a broad real estate practice encompassing commercial real estate as well as zoning and land use law. He is acknowledged for his strength in the telecom sector, acting for wireless communications clients on the full range of real estate matters.

Matthew Harris is known to peers for his particular expertise in cell tower leasing, while he also handles a range of other matters pertaining to industrial, office and medical real estate. Interviewees refer to Harris as 'a very good lawyer.'

He is very responsive. I expect to hear back within 24 hours depending on the level of urgency. If I say it's urgent, then I will typically hear back from Matt within 30 minutes to an hour.

Real Estate Manager at one of the largest wireless telecommunications providers in the U.S.

If I go to Matt, he is very responsive. I expect to hear back within 24 hours depending on the level of urgency. If I say it's urgent, then I will typically hear back from Matt within 30 minutes to an hour. He is very responsive.

Real Estate Manager, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the U.S. offering wireless products and services

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