Matthew R. Lynch

Matthew Lynch represents commercial real estate developers and institutional owners of commercial real estate in the development, acquisition, management, leasing and disposition of commercial real estate.

What do you focus on?

Today I focus my practice in three main areas, utilizing my more than 30 years of experience to help our clients achieve their business objectives.

Acquisition and disposition of office and mixed use buildings

I have represented parties ranging from large institutional owners to family-owned or closely held real estate investment companies buying and selling office and mixed use buildings. Recently, I represented a public authority in the ground leasing of about 20 acres in Boston and a family in the sale of a high profile building in Harvard Square.

Leasing of office space by large national and international companies

I have represented a number of large companies in leasing new office space in the Greater Boston area. Recently, I represented a large life sciences company in the leasing of over 200,000 square feet of space in the Greater Boston area for its corporate headquarters.

Retail leasing

I have represented both landlords and tenants in leasing retail space in shopping centers and mixed use buildings. Recently, I have represented a large craft brewery in the leasing of a high profile space in Boston for use as a tap room and brewery.

What do you see on the horizon?

As the commercial real estate industry becomes more consolidated in terms of the number of major developers and owners, having the right law firm on your side becomes even more important. This is true both in terms of the quality of the legal representation but also with respect to business connections. I add value to my clients when I make introductions such as potential debt and equity sources and referrals to quality real estate service providers such as brokers, managers and contractors.

Rental Struggles, Life Science Boom Marked Boston Real Estate in 2020

Boston Business Journal | December 29, 2020

This article, which discusses office and retail space remaining empty and landlords beginning to sue for rent payment, mentions the formation of NP’s Commercial Lease Disputes practice team in anticipation of a potential wave of cases. Boston Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Matthew Lynch, Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jeff Brenner, and Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes partner Vernon Johnson co-lead the new practice team.

Landlords Fear Tenant Wins in Lease Disputes May Snowball

Law360 | December 23, 2020

This article on how commercial landlords are navigating rent disagreements with tenants quotes Commercial Lease Disputes team co-leader and Boston Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Matthew Lynch on the unusual nature of the current environment, and the potential for judges in some instances to read outside the four corners of the lease.


Matthew R. Lynch



Phone: 617-345-1212

Fax: 866-947-1804

Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude

College of the Holy Cross, B.A., cum laude


  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers, Real Estate (2021)
  • Selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the field of Real Estate Law; listed in Best Lawyers since 2018
  • Recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 for Real Estate (Massachusetts); also recognized in Chambers in previous years
  • Recognized in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500: USA as a Leading Lawyer in the Real Estate category
  • Received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.

Matthew Lynch is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the Real Estate Finance Association and the Holy Cross Club of Greater Boston. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers for Civil Rights. Matthew is also a member of the Boston College Real Estate Council.

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