Matthew W. Barnes

Matthew W. Barnes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Burr & Forman LLP
 | 420 North 20th Street, Suite 3400
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-458-5120
Fax: 205-278-4597
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (30%)
Attorney Profile
I have a diverse Corporate and Commercial Real Estate practice.  My current practice includes corporate planning, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate leasing, sales, financing and development.  I represent primarily small and medium sized businesses in corporate and real estate matters.  In addition, I am regional counsel for a publicly traded corporation with a large real estate portfolio. 

About Matthew Barnes

Admitted: 1996, Alabama

Professional Webpage:


  • Associate Editor, Cumberland Law ReviewNominee, Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award (2004)
  • Selected one of Birmingham Magazine’s Top Attorneys – Corporate Finance,    2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate 2013 - 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Speaker, 2012 ABA Business Section Spring Meeting – Rainmaking and Client Development Speaker, 2011 ABA Business Section Spring Meeting - Who Are You Inviting to Your Tea Party? Hospitality and Facilities Law – A Legal Insider’s Career Guide
  • Member, American Bar Association Business Law Section (Middle Market and Small Business Committee) and Real Property Probate and Trust Section; Member, Alabama State Bar; Member, Birmingham Bar Association; Member, North Carolina State Bar

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Pro-bono representation of the Legal Services Corporations in Alabama in connection with their merger;  Pro-bono representation of clients referred by the South Regions Minority Business Council


  • Represented an investor group in its acquisition of a national sporting magazine; Represented an investor group in its acquisition of a television production company; Represented an investor group in its acquisition of a minor league baseball club; Represented a software company in connection with the sale of a division and product line; Represented an investor group in its acquisition of an industrial safety supply company; Represented a medical device manufacturer in angel investor funding transaction; Represented a medical device company in connection with its acquisition of a significant contractor;Represented an equipment rental company with multiple locations in its sale to a national chain;Represented a steel fabricator in connection with the sale of a division;Represented a large restaurant franchisee in connection with its acquisition of approximately 30 locations of another franchisee (fee title and leased sites);Representation of a wireless infrastructure company in connection with over 3,000 leases and acquisitions

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Named one of Birmingham's Top Corporate Finance Attorneys by my peers in a peer review survey conducted by Birmingham magazine., 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S. 1992; Major – Biology, Minor - Chemistry and Psychology Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D. 1996

Industry Groups

  • Telecommunications
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Office Location for Matthew W. Barnes

420 North 20th Street
Suite 3400
Birmingham, AL 35203

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Last Updated: 4/3/2019

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