Matthew T. Harris


K&L Gates LLP
501 Commerce Street
Suite 1500
Nashville, TN 37203

Tel: +1.615.780.6720


Matthew Harris is a partner in the firm’s Nashville office. He is a member of the Real Estate practice group. Matt represents REITs and other public and private entities, including private developers and investors, in connection with development acquisitions, dispositions and real estate financing regionally and nationally. Matt also has broad experience in industrial, distribution center leasing and development, and office leasing projects, including office headquarter projects.

Matt also has decades of experience representing health care companies in connection with facility development, acquisitions, dispositions, and ground leasing, including having managed all real estate in connection with a tax free spin-off transaction resulting in the creation of two public hospital companies. Matt also has expertise in wireless telecommunications real estate, and has extensive experience in representing clients before boards of zoning appeals and planning commissions in Tennessee in pursuing project entitlements.

  • J.D., University of Tennessee, 1984
  • B.S., University of Tennessee, 1980 with honors
Honors, Awards & Recognition
  • AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Real Estate Lawyer of the Year in Nashville in 2020
  • Chambers USA Real Estate (Tennessee) (ranked since 2009)
  • Named by Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (multiple years)
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Hearing Panel Member – Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Family & Children’s Services of Tennessee
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Industrial Office Properties

Real estate attracts institutional investors from around the globe into all types of property markets and sectors. We have a large, highly diversified Real Estate practice with lawyers around the world. Our practice is fully integrated, with lawyers working seamlessly across disciplines and offices to provide a full range of services on local, national, and international transactions and projects. Our Real Estate cross-disciplinary team is available to guide clients through complex transactions, enabling them to fully capitalize on real estate investment opportunities.

Our Real Estate practice is consistently ranked in regions across the globe in real estate and related practices by ChambersThe Legal 500U.S. News-Best Lawyers®, and U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

At K&L Gates, we foster an inclusive and collaborative environment across our fully integrated global platform that enables us to diligently combine the knowledge and expertise of our lawyers and policy professionals to create teams that provide exceptional client solutions. We marry process with vision, success with dedication, method with passion, and innovation with creativity. The outcome: The K&L Gates Experience.

Located across five continents, we represent a broad array of leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants, and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. We also serve public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and individuals. Our lawyers counsel clients on their most sophisticated legal challenges in all areas of corporate and regulatory law as well as litigation.

We are leaders in legal issues relating to industries critical to the economies of both the developed and developing worlds—technology, manufacturing, energy, transportation, telecommunications, financial services, and life sciences, among others.