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As a seasoned commercial litigation attorney with more than 35 years of experience, Matt Firestone has represented clients in regard to hundreds of disputes during his career, including the successful handling of a vast number of trials, evidentiary hearings and appeals.  The nature of those disputes has included both individual and business-related matters, many of which have involved real estate-related issues. In his practice, Matt also represents numerous homeowners’ associations, condominium associations, and commercial property owners’ associations.  He also has an active practice as a certified mediator.

Matt is admitted to the Florida Bar and is certified as a mediator by the United States, Middle District of Florida, and as a circuit court mediator by the Florida Supreme Court.

Matt is an honors graduate of Duke University School of Law with his J.D. and a high honors graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Accounting.

Admissions

  • State of Florida

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Education

  • J.D., Cum Laude, Duke University School of Law

  • B.S., Summa Cum Laude. University of Florida

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member, the Florida Bar

Recognitions & Awards

  • 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019 Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine

  • 2020, 2021, and 2022 Best Lawyers in America©, U.S News and World Report

News & Insights

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Condominium Associations-New Legislation Imposing Requirements for Maintaining Structural Integrity of Buildings

By Matt Firestone | June 23, 2022

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Best Lawyers

Six ShuffieldLowman Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America and Heidi W. Isenhart Named Lawyer of The Year

By Scott Cookson Matt Firestone Heidi Isenhart J. Mcdonald Gregory Meier & Lynne Wilson | Aug. 23, 2021

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New Delinquency Notice Requirements and Collection Delays for Community Associations

By Matt Firestone & Paul Hinckley | July 14, 2021

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Restricting the Restrictions: New HOA Rental Restrictions in Florida Statutes

By Matt Firestone & Paul Hinckley | June 22, 2021

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Condominium Associations

EO 20-180 Extends Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures & Provides Clarification to Homeowner’s and Condominium Associations

By Matt Firestone | July 30, 2020

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The Potential for Community Associations to Exercise “Emergency Powers” as A Result of COVID-19

By Matt Firestone | May 21, 2020

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Mortgage

Were Association Lien Foreclosures Intended to Be Covered by Florida’s Moratorium on Mortgage Foreclosures?

By Matt Firestone | May 9, 2020

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Enforceability of Association Parking Restrictions Related to Public Streets

By Matt Firestone | Sept. 26, 2018

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Community Associations Should Consider Splitting of Ledgers When an Owner Files Bankruptcy

By Matt Firestone | May 17, 2016

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