Sophisticated clients and organizations need an attorney who understands their needs and can guide them through the legal nuances of business and commercial transactions. Mr. Matteo, President of the Firm, is that attorney. With 30 years of experience representing companies, non-profit organizations and closely held businesses, John concentrates his practice on business and commercial legal matters, including those arising in health care and real estate transactions. He currently chairs the Firm’s Business and Employment Law Practice Groups and as President, he also serves as Chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee and its Board of Directors, giving him a unique perspective on the day-to-day operations facing any business.

John has represented both sellers and purchasers in multi-million dollar acquisitions, including The Washington Club in the sale of its historic Patterson Mansion at 15 Dupont Circle, one of the largest D.C. real estate transactions to close in 2014. John also represented the National Association of Attorneys General Mission Foundation, Inc. in its sale and renovation swap of its M Street headquarters. In 2015, John was retained by the Washington Home and Community Hospices for the the sale of its significant real estate holdings in the District and for related restructuring issues.

In addition to these significant real estate and business transactions, John has counseled several companies and individuals on a whole range of business issues, including organizational structuring, mergers and acquisitions, stock agreements, commercial leasing, real estate, governance, workouts, bankruptcy, and employment issues. John also represents non-profit organizations on similar issues, as well as obtaining tax-exempt status and providing compliance advice with IRC 501(c) regulations. Additionally, he has experience with succession and estate planning issues, for businesses and their owners, including the preparation of wills, trusts, living wills, advance directives, and family LLCs.

John regularly advises hospitals, health care providers, and organizations on contract and real estate matters, as well as particular health law related issues. He has had the unique opportunity to serve as acting in-house counsel support to a major specialty hospital in the District of Columbia, as well as a national trade association in the health care field.

Professional Associations

  • Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade (Member, 1995 – 2017)
  • Former Chair and Board Member, Montgomery County Regional Advisory Board of the United Way
  • Former Board Member, United Way of the National Capital Region
  • Former Board Member, Gala Chair, SOAR!
  • December 2019
    End of the Calendar Year: A Good Time to Confirm Compliance Issues for Businesses

    Corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and other business entities are certainly aware of the need to make certain end of year decisions for income tax purposes, but it also is a good time to perform a business audit for possible state, local, and personal property tax return deadlines. It is also advisable for businesses to review other corporate compliance issues, such... Read More >

  • April 2019
    Tax Filing Deadlines – A Good Time to Confirm Other Compliance Issues for Businesses

    Corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and other business entities are certainly aware of tax filing deadlines in the month of April, but tax season is also a good time to perform a business audit for other important dates, including applicable state and local requirements and personal property return deadlines. It is also advisable to review other corporate compliance issues, such as... Read More >

  • March 2019
    Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rules

    Employers will recall during the Obama administration that the salary threshold for determining overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act was changed from $23,660 per year to $47,476.00 per year. Many employers modified their own employment policies to meet the new standard despite the federal regulations never being implemented due to a successful court challenge. The Trump administration has... Read More >

  • July 2018
    Concrete Tips for Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Leases in the District

    Join Firm President, John J. Matteo at the D.C. Bar on Tuesday, July 17 for a 2-hour CLE class.   All Communities Members Receive a $10 Discount on CLE Classes!... Read More >