David Matthews is a Principal of the firm, specializing in real estate matters. David represents H&M; Gap (including Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and its factory store brands); Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance; PetSmart; Victoria’s Secret; Bath & Body Works; Ralph Lauren (including Club Monaco, Polo Ralph Lauren, and its factory store brands); Cole Haan; Luxottica (including Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters); P.F. Chang’s 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.
David was elected to be a fellow in the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers this year. David is currently serving as co-chair of the Workshops Subcommittee of the ICSC Law Conference Program Planning Committee, and previously served on the Materials and Seminars Subcommittees.
Prior to joining BZBM, David was Associate General Counsel for Gap, Inc.’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 David's 10-year tenure at Gap, Inc., he 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, Inc., David was in the Real Estate Group of Morrison & Foerster, one of San Francisco’s largest law firms, where he represented 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.