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Matthew Handler is a Shareholder in the Real Estate Operations Group. Matthew is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on complex disputes related to the use and ownership of real estate. Matthew represents clients through all stages of litigation, including pre-suit analysis and risk management, prosecuting and defending trial court and arbitration proceedings, and preparing briefs and presenting oral arguments to state and federal courts of appeals. In addition, Matthew advises real estate owners, developers, and users on a wide range of legal issues involving commercial leasing, property ownership, restrictive covenants, real estate development and financing, land use, and related matters. Matthew also has deep experience handling fraud-based disputes and litigating claims involving fraudulent transfer and corporate veil-piercing liability.


  • Commercial litigation
  • Real estate litigation
  • Real estate operations
  • Appellate practice
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Retail
  • Corporate veil-piercing liability
  • Fraud disputes

The attorney is providing legal services through and affiliated with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a New York Limited Liability Partnership. Results may vary depending on your particular facts and circumstances.



  • Defended a commercial landlord in a fraud and deceptive trade practices action brought by a tenant alleging misrepresentations concerning the rentable square footage of the premises.
  • Prosecuted a breach of lease action on behalf of a real estate investment trust against a coworking company based upon the tenant’s improper lease termination.
  • Advised a retail and technology company on restrictive covenant risks relating to its expansion of physical stores.
  • Defended a coworking company in breach of lease and corporate veil-piercing actions relating to the closure of coworking locations.
  • Advised a technology company on the closure of its global brick-and-mortar retail business; resolved long-term lease liabilities and litigated related disputes.
  • Prosecuted a breach of lease arbitration on behalf of a real estate developer against a university based upon the tenant’s failure to pay CPI-based rent escalations.
  • Defended a grocery store chain in a dispute with a real estate developer concerning the tenant’s reimbursement of development and construction costs.
  • Defended a university in a private nuisance action brought by neighboring residents.
  • Advised a cloud computing business on risk management pertaining to sound from data centers throughout the United States.
  • Defended a national retailer in an action brought by a shopping center chain based upon the retailer’s closure of numerous stores throughout the United States.
  • Defended a real estate developer in a dispute concerning the sale of several apartment complexes in New York and New Jersey.
  • Advised an international retailer on the closure of several retail businesses throughout the United States; resolved long-term lease liabilities and litigated related disputes.
  • Defended a real estate developer in an action concerning brokerage commissions for the sale of property.
  • Defended a commercial tenant in a constructive eviction action involving toxic mold contamination.
  • Prosecuted a breach of lease action on behalf of a national retailer based upon its landlord’s repeated failures to mitigate flood conditions and deliver first-class retail space to tenant as provided under the parties’ leases.°
  • Defended a real estate development fund in a breach of fiduciary duty and fraud action brought by minority members based upon allegations that the fund managers failed to timely sell fund properties during peak market profitability.°
  • Prosecuted a fraud and breach of lease action on behalf of a global bank based upon its landlord’s scheme to pass through millions of dollars in fraudulent tax and operating expense charges under the parties’ net leases.°
  • Defended a real estate investment and development firm in a RICO action brought by investors based upon allegations that firm managers concealed investment losses.°
  • Prosecuted a fraud and breach of fiduciary duty action on behalf of an investor in a foreign real estate development venture based upon the project managers’ material misrepresentations concerning the scope of the project, misappropriation of investment funds, and concealment of investment losses.°
  • Defended a global bank in an interpleader action brought by the IRS to resolve a claim priority dispute over the tax-debtor’s music royalty stream; the tax-debtor assigned music royalties to the bank as part of a securitization transaction; the IRS sought to set aside that securitization transaction based upon alter ego, nominee, and fraudulent transfer theories of third-party liability.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Handler prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, U.S. News – Best Lawyers, "Law Firm of the Year: Litigation - Real Estate," 2022
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” 2018-2022

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  • B.S., magna cum laude, Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Communications
  • J.D., cum laude, Brooklyn Law School
    • Executive Articles Editor, Brooklyn Law Review
  • Hon. Anthony E. Porcelli, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Hon. Paul A. Zoss, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • New York
  • New Jersey