J.D., University of Southern California, 1969
A.B., Stanford University, 1967
Mike Matkins is a founding partner of the firm and one of the country's leading lawyers in real estate development and finance. For more than 30 years, he has advised institutional investors, lenders, property owners, and developers in all aspects of purchase, sale, financing, leasing, and construction of properties ranging from office and retail to recreational and mixed-use projects. He guides institutional lenders and investors through the complexities of real estate investing, offering established expertise in loans, joint ventures, partnerships, sale-leasebacks, and other forms of financing and investing. Michael has been involved in numerous multi-hundred-million-dollar real property asset portfolio acquisitions. He has also represented institutional investors in the restructuring of substantial investments in California real property, as well as institutional developers in acquiring, entitling, and developing master-planned communities.
Michael is a frequent speaker on real estate and finance trends for various professional organizations. He has been ranked as one of the best real estate lawyers in California, according to a survey of his peers. Michael was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal's Special Report on Who's Who in Real Estate. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Advisory Council of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, the Pepperdine University Graziadio Board of Visitors, and sits on the Urban Land Institute—Los Angeles Executive Committee. Michael is also a member of the Council of Advisors for the National Geographic Society.