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Matthew R. Friedenberg
Matthew R. Friedenberg
Counsel — Commercial & Business Litigation
Counsel — Commercial & Business Litigation

Matthew R. Friedenberg

Matthew R. Friedenberg
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, New York 10036

Matthew R. Friedenberg

Experience Highlights

  • Represents international luxury retailer in action to prevent termination by landlord of retailer’s long-standing lease at premiere shopping destination

  • Represented one of the world’s largest real estate capital providers in dispute over a profit participant’s efforts to assert major decision rights over the operational future of a historic South Beach hotel; as part of the representation, successfully defeated the profit participant’s effort to seek preliminary injunctive relief to prevent repositioning of the asset

  • Represented a family office in litigation relating to the general partner of a healthcare real estate fund’s breach of fiduciary duties and mismanagement of a $75 million investment in a portfolio of 9 senior living facilities; as part of the representation, succeeded after trial in placing the fund and its general partner under interim receivership, mitigating further harm to the investment and preserving the underlying assets, then later prevailing in the summary judgment phase on significant damages claims

  • Represented international hotel chain in dispute with owner of luxury hotel over attempts to terminate the chain’s hotel management agreement and retain several million dollars in key money

  • Represented multi-billion dollar private equity fund in foreclosure of downtown Manhattan residential skyscraper following borrower’s default on hundreds of millions of dollars in building and project loans

  • Represented one of the nation’s largest mall owners in arbitration relating to repayment obligations under approximately $100 million in information technology and other service contracts

  • Represented publicly traded department store chain in litigation and related appeals to enforce easement rights necessary to ensure viability of a two million square-foot distribution center representing a $300 million investment; as part of the representation, defeated opposing land trust’s motion to dismiss the easement claims on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”) grounds, and obtained affirmance of denial at the intermediate appeals and state supreme court

  • On behalf of one of New York City’s largest private hotel owners, prevailed in arbitration commenced against international wholesale travel broker for defrauding owner out of tens of millions of dollars in room block reservations spanning nearly a decade


  • The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 2011 (Dean’s Merit Scholarship Recipient; Order of the Coif; Senior Editor, Cardozo Moot Court Honor Society)
  • Brandeis University, B.A. cum laude, 2006 (Brandeis University Presidential Scholarship Recipient)
  • Selected to the New York Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014–2023
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • “The Midnight Raid, Revisited,” Real Estate Finance Journal, Spring 2019 (co-author)
  • “The Midnight Raid – Can a Hotel Manager Prevent Termination of its Management Agreement?,” Real Estate Finance Journal, Summer 2017 (co-author)