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Renato Matos


Focus areas


Renato Matos is a partner in the firm. Since joining in 2009, Renato has primarily focused on the Religious and Charitable Organizations, Real Estate, Corporate and Taxation areas of our practice.

Renato routinely represents religious and not-for-profit corporations on complex real estate transactions including purchases and sales, long-term ground leases, air rights transfers, joint ventures and affordable housing development projects. He is counsel to numerous denominational governing bodies, including the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Northeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, as well as individual Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist and non-denominational congregations.  Renato focuses much of his time educating and protecting churches and their assets, as well as developing strategies for long-term asset growth to ensure the sustainability of the missions and ministries of his clients.

Renato also assists the firm’s clients in stock purchases/sales, asset purchases/sales, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and entity formation, with a particular focus on tax structuring and strategic business planning.

Prior to joining the firm, Renato worked as an attorney at a leading international law firm, where he focused on transactions involving clients and investments in the emerging markets, primarily South America.

Renato earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Hofstra University School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Hofstra Law Review. Renato was selected by the law school faculty to receive the “Outstanding Law Student Award.”

For the past three consecutive years, Renato was selected by the New York Law Journal as a Rising Star—one of 50 lawyers under the age of 40 who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

Renato is active in the community and regularly donates his time and expertise to numerous charitable organizations. He is on the Board of the Directors of the MS HOPE FOUNDATION, Lutheran Schools Association and the Council of Church Advisors. Mr. Matos frequently presents to religious and non-for-profit organizations on Mission Driven Development and other topics related to sustainability of a congregation.