Childs Watson & Gallagher
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Matthew E. Watson

Matthew E. Watson

Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Phone:
702-848-4544
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Matt's practice focuses on leasing, real estate development and finance and general transactional law. Chambers USA notes that he "receives glowing feedback on his work," with one commentator saying "he is a very thorough guy - very detailed and smart." His experience includes the following:

  • Real estate finance transactions, representing lenders and borrowers, including providing lead and local counsel opinions.
  • Negotiating and drafting transaction documents for the purchase and sale of improved or unimproved real property.
  • Negotiating and drafting retail, office, and industrial leases for landlords and tenants.
  • Representation of developers in the development of regional shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes, condominiums and single-family projects.
  • Negotiation and documentation of loan workouts, loan modifications and forbearance agreements.
  • Representation of lenders in the foreclosure of real-estate secured loans.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Contracts
  • Business Law
  • Transactional Law

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1994
  • Nevada, 1995

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: With Highest Honors
  • Arizona State University, Arizona
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1991
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • “Recent Changes to Real Estate Law,” with Pearl Gallagher, Nevada Lawyer, January 2014
  • “The Continued Evolution of the Trustee’s Sale Process in Nevada,” with Pearl Gallagher, Clark County Bar Association Communique, November 2013
  • “Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Holds a Lease Termination Payment is an Avoidable Preference in Bankruptcy,” ACREL News (American College of Real Estate Lawyers), July 2010
  • “Foreclosure in Nevada: One Action Rule,” Nevada Lawyer, April 2009
  • “Trade Dress Theory and the Software Graphic User Interface: Sorting Through the Gooey Mess,” Jurimetrics Journal, 1994osure in Nevada: One-Action Rule,” Nevada Lawyer, April 2009

Classes/Seminars

  • “Distressed Loan Shopping? Buyer Beware!,” ACREL Webinar, April 2012
  • “Developments in Foreclosure Law,” Clark County Eighth Judicial District Court, June 2009
  • “Lender Issues in Financing Condominium Developments,” December 2007, and December 2008
  • “Issues in Restaurant Leases,” May 2007
  • “Issues in the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act,” State Bar of Nevada, August 2006
  • “Negotiating and Drafting Commercial Leases: Structuring the Business Deal,” September 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Nevada Business Legal Elite
  • Desert Companion Top Lawyers.
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member, 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada Real Estate Section, Executive Committee
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member, 1994 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Northwest Girls Softball

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