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Matt LeMaster

LeMaster LeMasterMatt LeMaster
Practice Group Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions and Co-chair, Hotels and Resorts Practice

Matt LeMaster is the Chair of DWT’s M&A Practice and Co-Chair of DWT’s Hotels and Resorts Practice. He focuses his practice in the areas of business transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, hospitality, real estate, and finance. He has a wide range of merger and acquisition experience, ranging from the creation of high-tech joint ventures to the sale of timberlands. Matt has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and has handled the acquisition, disposition, financing, and franchising of numerous hotel properties.

Representative Experience


Acquisitions by Coast Hotels

Represented client in the acquisition of hotel facilities.

Disposition of hotel properties for The Peninsula Group

Represented client in the divestitures of multiple hotel facilities and follow-on acquisitions of replacement commercial properties.

Hotel management agreements and technical services agreements

Represented multiple clients in the drafting and implementation of long-term hotel management agreements, for owners and operators, including Red Lion Hotels Corporation and Coast Hotels.

Liquor licensing counsel

Provides liquor licensing counsel for multiple hotel and restaurant ownership groups including Red Lion Hotels and Coast Hotels.

Gaming Counsel

Represented Grant Thorton Limited in gambling licensing matters in receivership of Washington Gaming, Inc. and provided gaming counsel to Wells Fargo Gaming in connection with debt refinancing of a casino borrower.

Technology and Software

Acquisition of i1Biometrics

Represented client in the acquisition of high-tech mouth guard sensing company

Disposition of

Represented client in the disposition of a cloud-based technology consulting company.

Formation of Start-it Labs

Represented client in the formation and development of venture capital firm.

NxEdge Inc.

Represented NxEdge Inc. – specializing in machining, anodizing, coating, and cleaning of process components for semiconductor industry – in auction and sale of their business.

Sale of Blueview Technologies

Represented client in sale of sonar technology company.

Sale of business for Geospiza, Inc.

Represented Geospiza, Inc., a bioinformatics company, in its merger with PerkinElmer.

Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail

Acquisitions by Convoy Supply

Represented building products company in multiple asset acquisitions.

Acquisition of Granite Building Products, Inc.

Represented acquisition of stock of building products company.

Acquisition of Icom Canada

Represented Icom America, Inc. in acquisition of Canadian operations.

Disposition of business for Arrow Metals

Represented client in disposition of scrap metal business.

Services and Financial

Multiple acquisitions by ValueWise Corporation

Represented client in multiple asset and stock acquisitions.

Lease of commercial property for Alaska Permanent Fund

Provide counsel and negotiate and draft complex office leases.

General Corporate

Corporate counsel

Acts as general counsel to Coast Hotels, USA, Icom America, Inc., The Peninsula Group, LLC, ValueWise Corporation, i1Biometrics, Inc., and Convoy Supply, Inc.

Additional Qualifications

  • Captain, U.S. Army; Corps of Engineers, obtained Airborne and Ranger qualifications

Professional & Community Activities

  • ALIS Planning Committee, 2012-present
  • Member, WSBA Partnership and LLC Law Committee, 2016-present
  • Mercer Island Youth Football Coach and Football Advisory Board, 2011-2016
  • Pacific Rim M&A Institute, Founder and Director, 2014-present
  • Northwest Education Fund, Director, 2015-present
  • Legislative Committee, Washington State Bar Association, Member, 2011-2016
  • Childhaven, Director, 2010-2012
  • Bellevue Rotary Club, 2002-2010; Director, 2004-2007
  • Business Law Section, Washington State Bar Association – Immediate Past Chair, 2009-2010; Chair, 2008-2009; Chair-Elect and Treasurer, 2007-2008; Chair, Mid-Year Meeting, June 2007; Vice-Chair, 2006-2007; Recorder, 2005-2006; Co-chair, Publications Committee, 2002-2005
  • Washington State Business Leaders Network, Board Member, 2006-2009
  • Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations (WAACO), Board Member, 2008-2009
  • Hire America's Heroes, Board Member, 2007-2009
  • American Bar Association, Committee on State and Local Bar Relations, 2007-2010
  • American Bar Association, Negotiated Acquisitions Committee, 2006-present
  • Advisory Board, Seattle University Directors Academy, 2007-2009
  • King County Bar Association, Corporate/In-House Section, Co-Chair, 2003-2005
  • King County Bar Association, Community Involvement Committee, Chair, 2002-2003
  • King County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Young Lawyer Division, 2001-2002
  • Advance Bellevue, 2002

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Corporate/Commercial Law (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2017; Named a "Recognised Practitioner," 2016
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate Law by Best Lawyers, 2012-present
  • Selected to "Washington Rising Stars" and "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters
  • Avvo Rating 10/10