Matthew R. Lewin

Matthew R. Lewin: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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Matthew R. Lewin has devoted his career to serving as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel on a wide variety of municipal financings throughout the United States, including private activity and general governmental bond issues. The focus of his practice has primarily centered on tax-exempt financings for charter schools, public housing, multi-family affordable housing, elementary, secondary and higher education, health care and miscellaneous 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations, small issue (manufacturing), solid waste financings for landfills and other private entities, utilities, port facilities, empowerment zone facilities, airports, stadiums and governmental facilities.

Matt founded and chairs GT's Charter School Group consisting of 60 attorneys nationwide active in the charter school community. He concentrates on charter school finance and, in particular, the national market for the issuance of charter school revenue bonds.

Matt was bond counsel in connection with the issuance by the Chicago Housing Authority of its $291 million Capital Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2001, which represented the first securitization of federal public housing capital grants ever undertaken in the United States. The transaction was selected as The Bond Buyer's inaugural Deal of the Year in the United States. He was underwriter's counsel in connection with the joint issuance by 37 Alabama public housing authorities of their $125 million Capital Fund Revenue Bonds, Series 2003, representing the first pooled securitization of federal public housing capital grants ever undertaken in the United States. The transaction was selected as The Bond Buyer's Southeast Deal of the Year for 2003.

Matt has written several articles regarding the issuance of public housing authority capital fund revenue bonds and is a frequent speaker on this topic at NAHRO, PHADA and other PHA national, regional and state conferences.


•Charter schools
•Affordable multi-family housing
•501(c)(3) not-for-profit
•Public housing
•Industrial development revenue bonds - manufacturing
•Solid waste, sewage and other environmental disposal
•General purpose governmental bonds
•Renewable energy
•Tax increment financing

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, 2012-2019
•Named, Lawyer of the Year, Public Finance Law, Chicago, 2017
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2013-2019
•Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2008-2019
•Top 10 Public Finance Lawyers in Illinois, 2018-2019
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, National - Banking & Finance Law, 2009-2018

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Public Finance
  • Education
  • Financial Services Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
312.456.8458  Phone
312.456.8435  Fax
University Attended:
Indiana University Kelley School of Business, M.B.A., 1981; State University of New York at Albany, B.S., summa cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1981; Order of the Coif; Phi Beta Kappa
Year of First Admission:
1981, Illinois

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, Foundations College Preparatory (Charter) School, Board of Directors, 2013-Present
•Chair, 2014-2015
•Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

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Experience: Representative Matters: Served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, credit enhancer's counsel and/or borrower's counsel on multiple charter school revenue bond financings in several states.; Served as counsel to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in connection with purchase or credit enhancement of 25 single-family and multi-family housing bond issues pursuant to New Issue Bond Program.; Served as counsel to Fannie Mae in connection with its loans to public housing authorities secured by capital funds. Assisted in structuring these obligations as private activity bonds for use in mixed-finance low-income housing tax credit transactions.; Served as bond counsel to the Chicago Housing Authority in connection with its issuance of multi-family housing revenue bonds to finance mixed-income, mixed-finance redevelopment of multiple affordable housing developments.; Served as bond counsel in connection with tax-exempt Midwestern Disaster Area Bonds combined with New Markets Tax Credits.; Served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, borrower's counsel or issuer's counsel on over 100 501(c)(3) bond issues since joining Greenberg Traurig in 2007.; Served as bond counsel in connection with multiple privately owned landfill financings in several states.

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