Matthew I. Kaplan is a partner in the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kaplan was in private practice as a real estate attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, the New York law firm. He graduated with distinction from Cornell University in 2002 and received a law degree from the University of Virginia in 2005. Mr. Kaplan has extensive experience representing domestic and foreign real estate companies, funds, and institutional lenders and investors in complex acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures, restructurings, development transactions, ground and space leases, and construction agreements. He has advised on transactions involving all real estate asset classes, including retail, office, hospitality, senior housing, raw land and residential/multifamily. In 2012, Mr. Kaplan was honored with an invitation to address the Candidates for Admission to The Florida Bar and Justices of the Florida Supreme Court at a ceremony before the Florida Supreme Court, as a result of his score on the Florida Bar Exam. In 2014, Mr. Kaplan was recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the area of Real Estate. He has participated in various pro-bono representations for organizations including Habitat for Humanity and New Alternatives for Children, and received a Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society. Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice in Florida and New York.