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Matt Carlson | Partner


Tel: 608.888.1682

Matt has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in a wide array of commercial real estate transactions throughout the state of Wisconsin, the Midwest and nationally, including acquisition, development, leasing and financing a broad spectrum of transactions and commercial properties. This experience includes representing clients from start to finish in all aspects of the planning, development, corporate and legal structuring, financing, construction and post-occupancy management and operation of commercial real estate projects.  In addition, Matt has significant experience negotiating and closing acquisitions and sales of commercial properties, as well as representing clients in commercial leasing and financing transactions. In addition, Matt has assisted clients with structuring and negotiating commercial and multi-use urban infill and resort development projects, which includes representing clients in obtaining required regulatory approvals and entitlements, as well as assisting with structuring and documenting of Public Private Partnerships. Specific examples of these projects include:

  • Represented developer in structuring, drafting and negotiating commercial condominium documents and development agreements, as well as obtaining financing for, the largest to date multi-use infill development in the city of Madison, Wisconsin. 

  • Represented project developer and governmental authority in the development, commercial condominium structuring and financing of a 1,000,000 square foot sports arena, hotel, office and public parking multi-use urban infill development in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  • Represented developer in the acquisition, entitlement, financing, commercial condominium structuring and development of a 205 room luxury full-service waterfront hotel and multi-use project in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Represented developer in obtaining regulatory approvals and tax incremental financing, as well as structuring transaction and preparing required condominium and development related documents, for large-scale expansion of existing resort property, including the addition of multiple condominium hotel facilities, indoor waterpark, conference and related entertainment amenities.

  • Represented community development authority in acquiring former manufacturing and brownfield properties for multi-use infill redevelopment.

  • Represented clients in purchasing commercial properties from receiver as part of Chapter 128 proceedings, as well as following confirmed sheriff sales resulting from bank foreclosures.

  • Represented industrial client in sale of former multi-block industrial facility to community development authority for planned multi-use redevelopment activities.

  • Represented client in structuring and negotiating CMBS loan facility for a portfolio of industrial properties located throughout the upper Midwest.

  • Represent client in the ongoing development and operation of nationally recognized destination golf resort.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate

  • Project Development and Financing

  • Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

  • Condominiums

  • Land Use

  • Tax Incremental Financing


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Downtown Madison, Inc., Past Board Chair, Past Transportation and Parking Committee Chair

  • Smart Growth Greater Madison, Associate Member

  • Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin, Associate Member

  • Commercial Brokers Group, Associate Member

  • Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAOIP)

  • Vice President and Board Member, Foundation for Dane County Parks, Inc.

  • President and Board Member, Friends of Capitol Springs Recreation Area, Inc.

  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin; American Bar Association, Dane County Bar Association

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Project Finance Law, 2013-2021

  • In Business Magazine, 40 Under 40, 2012

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Real Estate



  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1998

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1995


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