Sam Matthews is of counsel to KI Legal, with nearly 20 years of legal experience coupled with 30 years of business and real estate experience. As an attorney, he has represented scores of clients in all aspects of the industry including buying/selling agreements, incorporation/formation, leaseholds, shareholder/member agreements, resolutions, asset protection, employee defense, vendor agreements, shareholder/partner disputes, government compliance, franchise agreements, management agreements, employee agreements, and overall general counsel. Sam has handled thousands of transactional closings representing buyers, sellers, landlords, developers, and lenders. He has represented and performed mortgage review work for several lenders involving residential and commercial loans and has also been involved in private real estate development. Furthermore, he is experienced in personal injury, workers compensation, family, estates, land use, immigration, and non-for-profit. His working knowledge of laws governing the hospitality industry, as well as the legal demands, has led him to successfully own and operate several hospitality operations.
Over the last three decades, Sam has been and remains very active in various philanthropic initiatives. Recently, he was elected to serve on the Board of the New Jersey Greek American Chamber of Commerce and has been appointed onto the University of Maryland Family Scholarship Committee. For over 30 years, he has served on the Board of The Greek Children’s Fund in various leadership positions, and is currently the President of the organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance with the daily, non-medical needs of children of Hellenic descent and their families, who suffer from life threatening illnesses. In addition, he has been on the board of the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, Schneider Children’s Hospital, and the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Theologian. Volunteering his time further, he has been a judge for various youth competitions and has been a chairperson for various community fundraisers serving local libraries, hospitals, youth sports leagues, community centers, school of dyslexia and veterans’ groups. A family man at heart, for years he coached his children’s youth baseball and soccer teams.
Awards: In 1998 he received recognition from the Mayor and Council of Bergenfield, Bergen County Freeholders, N.J. State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Greek Children’s Fund and the distinguished U.S. Flag from the United States Congress in recognition of his years of philanthropy and service.