Matthew R. Berens

Matthew R. Berens is a founding member of the Firm. Mr. Berens has over 27 years of experience in real estate, finance, corporate and securities law. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of lenders, home builders and developers in real estate and finance related matters and the representation of businesses with respect to entity governance and finance issues.

Mr. Berens areas of expertise include the acquisition, financing and sale of developed and undeveloped property, the entitlement and approval process for real estate projects and issues regarding project financing and joint development agreements. Mr. Berens also has significant experience with community facilities districts and other public financing vehicles. Mr. Berens also advises on many other issues that arise in real estate transactions, including title insurance, environmental concerns, project planning, construction and closings.

With respect to entity, governance and securities, Mr. Berens has participated in many private securities placements, venture capital financing transactions, and business acquisitions. His extensive experience in documenting transactions for entity governance, employment and related issues includes preparation of shareholders agreements, operating agreements and other joint venture agreements, employment agreements, stock restriction agreements and the articles of incorporation and bylaws necessary for these types of transactions. His practice also includes general business law and the formation of limited liability companies, corporations and similar entities.

Mr. Berens is licensed to practice law in the States of Arizona and California and is AV rated. Mr. Berens is a graduate of Arizona State University (BS Accounting 1978, Summa Cum Laude) and he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1981.

Mr. Berens is actively involved in the community through the coaching of youth and high school football as well as serving on the Board of Directors of various youth sports organizations and various entities which provide scholarships to local private high schools. Mr. Berens is also active in the Diocese of Phoenix in an advisory capacity for schools and real estate matters.