Matthew B. Van Dyk

Matthew B. Van Dyk is the Administrative Member in the Kalamazoo office and is chair of the firm’s Real Estate practices.  He has practiced real estate law since 2004.  Mr. Van Dyk represents the full range of clients involved in real estate – from individuals to developers, from architects to owners, from construction contractors to tenants.

Real Estate Law
Mr. Van Dyk has worked with clients on commercial, industrial, residential, and mixed-use projects and matters. He has significant experience in development, condominiums, zoning and entitlement, acquisitions, leasing, affordable housing, 1031 exchange, and tax incentive projects. He helps them successfully navigate through the oftentimes confusing and overwhelming aspects of real property law.

Much of his practice has been on multi-faceted, complex transactional and development work for large, sophisticated established clients. For example, Mr. Van Dyk has represented the state’s largest energy provider in closings on over $500 million worth of renewable power generation projects, from power generation to distribution and transmission.

Condominium
Mr. Van Dyk is well-conversant in condo-speak. He has worked on both condominium development and association formation. The range of matters related to this area of his practice include: by-laws, insurance, contracts, finance, and disputes.

Zoning and Entitlement
Mr. Van Dyk is experienced in zoning and entitlement issues having educated clients on permitted use, gaining approval for site plans, providing for public improvements and infrastructure installation, and obtaining variances. He is adept at coordination with regulatory agencies that are part of decision-making. These can include advisory boards, planning commissions, zoning boards.

Professional Affiliations and Activities
Mr. Van Dyk serves on the Michigan steering committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is the co-chair of the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section – Commercial Leasing group and is a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association. Mr. Van Dyk has served as the chair of the Kalamazoo County Economic Development Corporation.  He is also the Administrative Member of the firm’s Kalamazoo office.

Community Activity
Mr. Van Dyk is a board member of Cancer Families United.  He is also a Cadet leader at his church.

Education
Mr. Van Dyk earned his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 2004 and a B.A. from Calvin College in 2000.