Matthew S. McAfee

Partner Attorney
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Practice areas

Real Estate Law and Finance Law

Matt McAfee is a founding partner at DMHD.  He focuses his practice in the area of real estate and banking law. He represents buyers and sellers in commercial real estate law, acquisitions and dispositions, commercial development, and commercial leasing. He has extensive experience in real estate project finance, including securitized debt and mezzanine financing. Mr. McAfee also represents clients in real estate-backed lending and the workout of distressed credits.

He previously worked for Foley & Lardner LLP (Jacksonville, Florida), first as an associate and then as a partner, before forming DMHD in 2003.


  • University of Florida, J.D. with High Honors, 1993
    • Florida Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • Duke University, B.A. (Political Science), 1989

Professional affiliations

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar
  • The Jacksonville Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)

civic involvement

  • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, past Chair of Board of Directors 
  • Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2006
  • Tree Hill Nature Center, past President of Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Jacksonville, former Board of Directors member
  • First Coast No More Homeless Pets, former Board of Directors member
  • 200 Club of Jacksonville, member


  • AV Peer Review Rated by Lexis Nexis | Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law (2016-2024)
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in the practice area of Real Estate Law (2023-2024)
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (multiple years)
  • Florida’s Super Lawyers list (2015-2019)
  • Jacksonville’s Top Lawyers in Jacksonville Magazine
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