Matthew T. Harris - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Matthew T. Harris

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 615-726-5759

Public and private companies turn to Matt Harris to handle acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing and complex leasing of health care, multi-family, office, industrial and wireless communications properties. Also well versed in land use and zoning law, Matt has decades of experience in representing clients before planning commissions and zoning boards in connection with required approvals for often complex and controversial projects. Matt is widely regarded as enjoying one of the most diverse commercial real estate practices in the city. His practice ranges from representing industrial and distribution center clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of industrial and distribution center projects on a national basis, to representing health care clients in the real estate aspects of hospital acquisitions and in the acquisition and development of health care real estate, to serving as lead counsel to Tennessee-based companies on complex corporate relocation projects.

In addition, Matt is widely regarded as a preeminent wireless communications attorney with over two decades of experience in representing wireless communications clients in all aspects of real estate matters, including:

  • Coordinating all real estate associated with market acquisition and disposition projects;
  • Overseeing the firm's wireless communications real estate team in handling leasing and purchases on a multi-state basis for network new build and collocation projects; and
  • Representing telecommunications clients and other clients in the negotiation of distributed antenna system agreements.

Clients hire Matt because he is practical and known for the ease in which he communicates with opposing counsel. Matt is known for being a very effective negotiator, but with an affable, non-contentious negotiating style, focused on protecting the client's interest while at the same time achieving the client's transaction objective in a timely and cost-effective manner. His gracious, respectful nature is refreshing and highly effective in achieving the client's desired goal of a successful transaction.

University of TennesseeBS 1980University of Tennessee College of LawJ.D. 1984
Hearing Panel, Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility American Health Lawyers Association National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Represented clients in sale-leaseback transactions of industrial and distribution properties.
  • Represented tenants and landlords in build-to-suit industrial projects, each in excess of 500,000 square feet.
  • Lead real estate attorney on behalf of health care clients in acquisition of health care facilities involving multiple improved and unimproved parcels of real estate, negotiation of title insurance coverages and leaseback of health care facilities to sellers of health care real estate.
  • Lead real estate counsel to national health care company, including supervision of junior attorneys and paralegals in connection with the development, acquisition, disposition and leasing of health care facilities for such company.
  • Real estate counsel to public companies in the development of corporate headquarter projects.
  • National and regional representation of a leading wireless telecommunications company in the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and acquisition of network facilities throughout the country.
  • Representation of multi-family developers, recreational vehicle retailers and third party logistics companies in project acquisitions, dispositions, development and leasing.
  • Lead real estate attorney for a health care company client in the spin-off of more than 70 hospitals to two publicly traded companies.

Office Location

Baker Donelson Center, Suite 800
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Real Estate
Real Estate Law (Commercial, Land Use, Tax Certiorari, Zoning)