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Matthew Chait is a partner in the Business Litigation Practice Group in the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen LLP. A Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated commercial litigator, Matt has been recognized by the Daily Business Review as a top 40 attorney under 40 and as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers. Matt focuses his practice on real estate and creditors’ rights matters, as well as complex commercial disputes. He is also co-founder and co-editor of the Commercial Real Estate Litigation blog.

Matt has handled real estate litigation throughout Florida concerning purchase and sale agreements, landlord-tenant disputes, valuation, easements, restrictive covenants, and land use issues. He represents property owners in challenges to ad valorem assessments and denials of taxation exemptions. In the area of creditors’ rights, Matt represents lenders and servicers in commercial foreclosures and guaranty claims, and defends lender liability claims, and represents court-appointed receivers. Matt also handles a wide array of commercial litigation, including partnership and LLC disputes, healthcare matters, business fraud, deceptive trade practices, and domestication and enforcement of out-of-state judgments in Florida.

Prior to joining the firm, Matt practiced law in New York. He served as an intern in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for United States District Judge Richard Conway Casey in the Southern District of New York.

Outside of the office, Matt devotes substantial time to the community. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and Resource Depot, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes reusable materials to the arts and education community. Matt is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2000

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • New York Bar
  • New Jersey Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, Resource Depot
  • Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2015
  • University of Pennsylvania Secondary School Committee
  • Florida Bar
    • Business Law Section
      • Business Litigation Committee
    • Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section
      • Real Property Litigation Committee
      • Landlord & Tenant Committee
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chairman, American Heart Association Lawyers Have Heart 5K Run
  • Former Member, American Heart Association Heart Walk Executive Cabinet


  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™  Rated
  • Daily Business Review, “On the Rise 40 Under 40”, 2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


  • “Must A Commercial Landlord Consent To A Lease Assignment?,” ActionLine (Winter 2017-2018), Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Why Many Manager Removal Provisions Are Doomed to Fail,” Daily Business Review (April 26, 2016)
  • Author, “Landlord and Tenant  Disputes,” Florida Real Property Litigation, 8th Edition (2016)
  • Author, “Renvoi in Multinational Cases in New York Courts: Does Its Past Preclude Its Future?” 11 Cardozo J. Int’l & Comp. L. 143 (2003)