Matthew P. Rash Partner

Matthew is a partner practicing in the areas of real estate finance and transactions. In the banking and finance area, Matthew has experience representing both lenders and borrowers in all aspects of commercial loan transactions secured by real estate and other assets, including syndicated loans, loan assumptions and other credit facilities, loan workouts, foreclosures and acquisitions as well as multistate and national transactions.

His clients include special servicers, real estate investment trusts, insurance companies, real estate foundations, institu­tional lenders and buyers and sellers of improved and unimproved real property. Matthew also has experience drafting and negotiating legal opinion letters in loan transactions.

In the real estate transaction area, Matthew represents clients in the purchase and sale, financing, leasing, and management of improved and unimproved commercial real estate projects, including hotels and resorts and senior living, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Matthew also routinely represents landlords, tenants and property developers and has extensive experience drafting purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, development agreements and joint venture agreements. He also works with corpora­tions in connection with structuring financial incentives from state and local governments.

Matthew served as a law clerk to the Honorable James R. Spencer of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2004 to 2005. Matthew lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and son.


Represented a life insurance company in a multi-million dollar loan secured by a hotel in California.

Represented a special servicer in the foreclosure sale of a shopping center and self‑storage facility in Virginia.

Represented an entertainment company in the acquisition of bowling centers in multiple states.

Represented a property developer in the sale of an office development in Alexandria, Virginia.

Representation of an institutional lender in a $60 million loan secured by a hotel property.

Representation of a special servicer in the foreclosure of an office building in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

Representation of a private equity fund in the purchase of several defaulted promissory notes. Also advised regarding the foreclosure process.

Representation of a financial services firm in a $12 million construction loan for a warehouse and fulfillment center.

Representation of a life insurance company in the sale of a multifamily apartment community and a development parcel.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2004
  • University of Virginia, BA, 2000

Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

  • Presenter, "Commercial Real Estate Financing," American Bar Association Fundamentals Series, March 25, 2015
  • Presenter, "Hot Tips for Term Sheets and Letters of Intent," Association of Corporate Counsel Real Estate Committee, June 21, 2012
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018-2019

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Real Estate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013

  • Co-author, "Opinion Letters in Real Estate Transactions", Real Estate Transactions in Virginia, 2012
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