October 30, 2020

Norton grows the firm’s real estate development offerings in Atlanta

Am Law 100 firm
Polsinelli welcomes Matthew B. Norton as Shareholder and member of the firm’s national Real Estate Practice. He becomes the first real estate attorney in Polsinelli’s Atlanta office, which is known for its complex litigation, labor and employment, health care, and white collar and internal investigations legal services.

With over a decade of real estate experience, Norton focuses his practice on advising domestic and foreign clients on a range of commercial real estate services. His clients include banks, large and small real estate developers, real estate brokerages, self-storage facilities, senior living and early education facilities, hotels, student housing facilities, apartment complexes, nonprofit hospitals, residential and commercial condominiums, mixed-use developments and urban transit agencies, to name a few.

“Matt has an impressive transactional portfolio and has overseen a number of large commercial real estate deals at both the domestic and foreign levels. That experience brings great value to our clients and adds depth in our Atlanta office and at the national level as we continue to enhance our ability to advise clients across the U.S.,” said Polsinelli Real Estate Practice Chair Amy Kiefer Hansen.

Norton works with organizations through leasing, buying and selling real estate and development deals, including obtaining and organizing equity and debt capital, drafting and negotiating organizational documents for joint venture operating agreements, private funds and loan participation arrangements.

Norton’s vast real estate experience ranges from handling dozens of commercial real estate and non-real estate secured closings of up to $200 million in value per transaction to managing blind and deal-specific equity capitalizations up to $50 million and beyond. He has conducted thousands of commercial and residential foreclosures for services and banks, closed land transactions permitting the development of hundreds of single family homes, handled corporate and municipal bond originations ranging from $12 million to $500 million in value and handled major hotel development deals for several worldwide luxury hotel brands.

“We are pleased to have an attorney of Matt’s caliber join our Atlanta team and expand our real estate capabilities from this office during a time when the demand is growing,” said Atlanta Office Managing Partner Brian F. McEvoy. “Polsinelli has a tremendous national real estate team, and we are glad to have Matt on that team here in Atlanta as we continue to expand our office’s capabilities.” 

Norton furthers his legal knowledge through memberships with the American Bar Association’s Real Estate Section and the Georgia Bar Association’s Real Estate and Business Sections. He is conversant in Mandarin Chinese and leverages those skills with his international clients. Norton earned his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Georgia Institute of Technology, and continued his education by obtaining a J.D., cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law.

“Polsinelli has an impressive national reputation in real estate as a leader in the industry and I am eager to collaborate with my new colleagues across the country to offer exceptional service to our growing client base,” said Norton. “I am equally excited for the opportunity to build our real estate team in Atlanta and capitalize on the robust capabilities that the team is currently offering to our clients.”

Polsinelli's recent real estate practice rankings include being recognized nationally by Chambers USA, 2019; earning a National Tier One ranking in Real Estate Law by U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 "Best Law Firms" and, being ranked as Tier 4 in real estate by Legal 500, 2019. The firm was also included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report, in which the real estate practice was given Tier 1 honors.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.