David B. Matthews
Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1990, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (High Honors)
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S. Foreign Service, cum laude, 1987
Transactional Real Estate, with an emphasis on retail leasing
David Matthews is a principal of the firm specializing in real estate matters. David represents H & M (including COS and & Other Stories); Gap (including Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix); Ralph Lauren (including Club Monaco and Polo Ralph Lauren); Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance; PetSmart; Cinépolis Theaters; Cole Haan; Luxottica; L’Occitane; The North Face; Serena & Lily and other national retailers in negotiating leases and resolving real estate disputes for locations throughout the country. David’s practice also includes the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of properties.
Prior to joining BZBM, David was Associate General Counsel for Gap’s Real Estate Law Department, where he was integrally involved in both new store development, from letter of intent through store construction, as well as property management of Gap’s existing fleet. During his 10-year tenure at Gap, David negotiated thousands of leases and real estate-related documents. He played a key role in developing Gap’s leasing policies and real estate practices, and has experience handling a wide range of retail real estate-related disputes, including co-tenancy violations, late delivery fees, and construction disputes.
Before his career with Gap, David was an associate for five years in the Real Estate Group of Morrison & Foerster, one of San Francisco’s largest law firms, where he represented commercial landlords and tenants in commercial, office and industrial leasing transactions; building owners and developers in acquisition, management and disposition of real property; and creditors and borrowers in secured financings and workouts.
David has been a speaker at several law conferences of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), including those in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, as well as the California Retail Leasing Symposium and the Real Property Retreat of the State Bar of California. In 2015, he was elected to become a voting member of ICSC’s Law Conference Program Planning Committee.