Childs Watson & Gallagher
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Matthew E. Watson

Matthew E. Watson

Las Vegas, Nevada

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


  • 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


  • “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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