Matthew R. Lewin - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Matthew R. Lewin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 312-456-8458

Matthew R. Lewin has devoted his career to serving as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel on a wide variety of municipal financings, including private activity and general governmental bond issues, throughout the United States. The focus of his practice has primarily centered on tax-exempt financings for charter schools, public housing, multi-family affordable housing, elementary, secondary and higher education, health care and miscellaneous 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations, small issue (manufacturing), solid waste financings for landfills and other private entities, utilities, port facilities, empowerment zone facilities, airports, stadiums and governmental facilities.

Matt founded and chairs GT's Charter School Group consisting of 60 attorneys nationwide active in the charter school community. He specializes in charter school finance and, in particular, the national market for the issuance of charter school revenue bonds.

Matt was bond counsel in connection with the issuance by the Chicago Housing Authority of its $291 million Capital Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2001, which represented the first securitization of federal public housing capital grants ever undertaken in the United States. The transaction was selected as The Bond Buyer's inaugural "Deal of the Year" in the United States. He was underwriter's counsel in connection with the joint issuance by 37 Alabama public housing authorities of their $125 million Capital Fund Revenue Bonds, Series 2003, representing the first pooled securitization of federal public housing capital grants ever undertaken in the United States. The transaction was selected as The Bond Buyer's "Southeast Deal of the Year" for 2003.

Matt has written several articles regarding the issuance of public housing authority capital fund revenue bonds and is a frequent speaker on this topic at NAHRO, PHADA and other PHA national, regional and state conferences

State University of New York at AlbanyBS 1977Indiana University Maurer School of LawJ.D. 1981Indiana University Kelley School of BusinessMBA 1981
National Association of Bond LawyersFoundations College Preparatory (Charter) School

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Charter schools
  • Education
  • Affordable multi-family housing
  • 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
  • Public housing
  • Industrial development revenue bonds - manufacturing
  • Solid waste, sewage and other environmental disposal
  • General purpose governmental bonds
  • Renewable energy
  • Tax increment financing


Significant Representations
  • Served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, credit enhancer's counsel and/or borrower's counsel on multiple charter school revenue bond financings in several states.
  • Served as counsel to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in connection with purchase or credit enhancement of 25 single-family and multi-family housing bond issues pursuant to New Issue Bond Program.
  • Served as counsel to Fannie Mae in connection with its loans to public housing authorities secured by capital funds. Assisted in structuring these obligations as "private activity bonds" for use in mixed-finance low-income housing tax credit transactions.
  • Served as bond counsel to the Chicago Housing Authority in connection with its issuance of multi-family housing revenue bonds to finance mixed-income, mixed-finance redevelopment of multiple affordable housing developments.
  • Served as bond counsel in connection with tax-exempt Midwestern Disaster Area Bonds combined with New Markets Tax Credits.
  • Served as bond counsel or underwriter's counsel on over 60 501(c)(3) bond issues since 2000.
  • Served as bond counsel in connection with multiple privately owned landfill financings in several states.

Client Comments

"Matthew Lewin is very smart and very detail oriented."

"Matthew Lewin provides a personal approach, and is thorough, timely, experienced, and a problem solver."

Office Location

77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60601
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law of the Chicago Metro Area
Matthew R. Lewin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Public Finance Law