Most of my work is with clients in all phases of real estate projects. I help negotiate construction contracts and resolve disputes when they arise. Once the building construction is complete, I represent real estate agents, buyers, and sellers in the purchase, sale, and leasing of residential and commercial properties.   
 
Individuals, businesses, and organizations of all sizes come to us for legal help with real estate matters. Those clients include public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. I am counsel to the New Hampshire Realtors Association and advise the organization and its members on risk management issues and current legal issues. My experience also involves loan workouts, foreclosures, and bankruptcies.
 
I believe strongly in being an active member of the community. I am the chair of the Manchester City Library Foundation and serve on the Board of the Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT Chapter. Also outside of work, I enjoy tennis, skiing, and cooking. Time with my family is especially important to me. Until my kids outgrew my skill, I coached Bedford Athletic Club youth soccer teams, and you can watch me on stage most years in the Bedford Dance Center Nutcracker performance with my three girls. My family and I are members of Bedford Presbyterian Church.

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated comprehensive resolution of a zoning dispute between an airport and a municipality
  • Negotiated construction contract for multi-million dollar municipal project
  • Defended local construction company against lawsuit by multi-national trucking company
  • Won trial court victory for general contractor over defective field conditions
  • Won trial court victory over discriminatory eviction based on sexual orientation
  • Secured payment for contractor creditor in large bankruptcy reorganization
  • Won multiparty franchise arbitration over asset sale
  • Won trial court victory for sales representative in international contract manufacturing dispute
  • Represented two contract manufacturers in breach of contract actions
  • Regularly represents banks with respect to work-out/foreclosure/bankruptcy of multi-lot subdivisions and commercial properties
  • Regularly represents real estate agents in civil litigation and before the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission
  • Counsel to New Hampshire Realtors®

Videos

Digital Crossfire Series

Publications

  • "A Practical Guide to Construction Law and Litigation in New Hampshire," MCLE New England, 2016
  • Regular monthly columnist in New Hampshire Realtor magazine
  • "Surety Bonds," New Hampshire Construction Law and Litigation, MCLE, 2016 est.
  • Quoted in National Association of Realtors® Magazine, 2015
  • "Defenses and Exemptions" from A Practical Guide to Understanding RSA 358:A in New Hampshire, MCLE, 2014
  • "Future Ramifications of the Home Buyer Tax Credit", New Hampshire Association of Realtors, co-authored by Matthew R. Johnson and Justin T. Vartanian, 2010
  • Ask the Expert: Could another business' bankruptcy filing be beneficial to your business?, BIA Report, January/February 2009
  • "Ask the Expert", BIA Report, September/October 2007
  • "Contractors And Homeowners Beware", Construction Resource, Winter 2005-2006
  • Rolling the "Barrel" a Little Further: Allowing Res Ipsa Loquitur to Assist in Proving Strict Liability in Tort Manufacturing Defects, 38 William & Mary Law Review (1997)

Speaking Engagements

  • YouTube Series "Risk Management in Real Estate," for NH Realtors Association, 2012 - present
  • "Bankruptcy Issues in Real Estate Conveyancing," New Hampshire Bar Association, September 30, 2015
  • "A Prectical Discussion of Ethical Issues Facing Real Estate Attorneys," 2015
  • Broker Legal Seminars, 2014
  • "Business Succession Planning," Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. seminar, June 25, 2014
  • Basic Construction Law – Contracts, 2012, 2014
  • “The Fundamentals of Bankruptcy – 2014” seminar, 2014
  • “The Impact of Bankruptcy on Civil Litigation” seminar, 2013
  • New Hampshire Association of Realtors®, GRI 103 Realtor Training 2007-2013
  • "Environmental Risks of Distressed Properties," seminar at Devine Millimet, November 10, 2011
  • NBI and Lorman seminars:
    • Litigating Disputes Over Easements and Restrictive Covenants
    • Foreclosure and repossession (multiple)
    • Landlord-Tenant Law
    • Beginners Bankruptcy
    • New Bankruptcy Code Amendments Impact on Creditors
    • Construction Defects
    • Public Contracting
  • "Landlord-Tenant Legal Issues" seminar, 2009
  • "Realtors in the Crossfire" seminar, 2009
  • "Real Estate Agent Professional Liability" seminar, 2006
  • "Foreclosure and Repossession in New Hampshire" seminar, 2006
  • "Structural Engineers as Expert Witnesses", keynote address, 2006
  • "Construction Defect Cases" seminar, 2006
  • "How The New Bankruptcy Legislation Affects Commercial Real Estate Brokers" seminar, 2006
  • "A Creditor's Perspective In New Hampshire, With Emphasis On The New Bankruptcy Legislation" seminar, 2005
  • "Landlord-Tenant Law Update" seminar, 2005
  • "Foreclosure and Repossession" seminar, 2005
  • "Construction Law" seminar, 2004 & 2005
  • "Fundamentals of Construction Law" seminar, 2004
  • "Real Estate Agent Professional Liability" seminar, 2003
  • "Landlord-Tenant Legal Issues" seminar, 2002

Community Involvement

  • Member, Good Scout Award Panel, 2012 - present
  • Daniel Webster Council, Pas Vice President of Exploring, Executive Board member, through 2014
  • Daniel Webster Council, Law Explorer Post, Chief Supervisor, through 2012
  • Manchester City Library Foundation, Chair
  • Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Class of 2013
  • Soccer Coach, Bedford Athletic Club, 2010-2015
  • Bedford Presbyterian Church, Member


Get in touch

        Services & Industries

        Accountant & Real Estate Professional Liability

        Business, Commercial & Financial Litigation

        Commercial & Residential Leasing Disputes

        Construction & Land Use Advocacy

        Dispute Resolution & Litigation

        Insolvency & Restructuring

        Insurance Defense

        Real Estate

        Regulatory Compliance for Businesses

        Bar Admissions

        Massachusetts

        New Hampshire

        Education

        William & Mary Law School, JD, highest honors, 1997

        Middlebury College, BA, cum laude, 1992

        Awards & Affiliations

        Matthew Johnson Super Lawyers

        Matthew Johnson is recognized as a "New England Super Lawyer" in the practice area of Real Estate by Super Lawyers, 2008, 2013, 2015-2016.

        Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Construction Law and Litigation/Construction, each year since 2013.

        BV® "Distinguished" rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

        Chair, Pro Bono Committee - Firm Recipient Distinguished Pro Bono Service Innovative Project Award, 2008.


        Associated Builders and Contractors, NH/VT Chapter, Member

        Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire, Inc., Member, Legislative Affairs Committee 2012.

        New Hampshire Bar Association

        Student Notes Editor, William & Mary Law Review