Matthew H. Engle

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Matt Engle brings a pragmatic, client-focused approach to counseling individuals and businesses on a broad array of business matters. Whether a solo entrepreneur looking to start a new company or raise capital, or a large, well-established corporation, Matt helps his clients solve problems, plan and execute strategies, and realize business opportunities at all stages of a business’ evolution.

Business Formation and Governance. Matt helps clients with business creation, entity selection, formation documents, bylaws, operating agreements, buy-sell agreements, and board or management policies. Once a company is operating – whether for-profit or non-profit – Matt advises clients on maintaining board or shareholder meeting minutes, consents, and annual reports, internal policies, regulatory compliance, and other governance matters.

Contracts and Commercial Transactions. Matt assists clients with day-to-day contracting needs by negotiating and drafting all manner of simple or complex contracts. Whether it’s a sale of equipment, a supply agreement, a collateralized loan, a licensing agreement, a consulting or service agreement, a non­disclosure or non-competition agreement, or another type of transaction, he brings a detailed yet pragmatic approach to helping clients achieve their business objectives.

Mergers and Acquisitions. Matt represents buyers and sellers in a wide range of industries in stock and asset sales and mergers, joint venture formations, and strategic partnerships. Matt helps negotiate and draft stock and asset purchase and sale agreements, joint venture agreements, plans of merger, and other documents necessary for the successful consummation of an entity-level transaction.

Securities Law. Matt assists entrepreneurs and established businesses raise capital with private offerings of debt and equity securities.

Franchise Law. Matt helps companies that wish to franchise their business model draft the appropriate franchise agreement and disclosure documents, and assists clients who are considering purchasing a franchise review and evaluate the franchise documents.

Matt serves on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona’s Business Section, and was a member of the State Bar’s Legislative Subcommittee responsible for drafting Arizona’s revised Limited Liability Company Act, which was signed into law in 2018.  Matt is also co-author, starting in 2018, of the well-respected treatise Arizona Limited Liability Company: Forms and Practice Manual (Data Trade Publishing).

Matt is also an active supporter of the Phoenix arts community. He is a founding board member and past-president of the Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals, and a former board member of the Friends of European Art, which benefits the Phoenix Art Museum. In 2014, Matt was appointed by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, where he sits on the Advocacy and Marketing Committee. He is passionate about expanding the reach of the arts, especially among up-and-coming leaders, and hopes to do his part to help Phoenix continue to grow into a world-class cultural destination.

Growing up in Los Angeles, Matt has a background in the technology and entertainment industries. Prior to his legal career, he spent nearly 10 years in the computer software industry, where he produced and designed several bestselling and award-winning computer games for major software publishers including Disney Interactive and Vivendi Universal.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 2008

Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona: Business Law Section, LLC Legislative Subcommittee, 2010-Present
  • State Bar of Arizona: Business Law Section, Executive Council Member, 2013-Present; Budget Officer, 2016
  • Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, Commission Member, 2014-2017
  • Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals: President, 2013-2014; Board Member, 2011-Present
  • Invest Southwest Capital Conference, Mentor Team Member, 2011, 2012
  • Friends of European Art: Treasurer, 2013; Board Member, 2011-2015
  • Men's Arts Council, Member, 2011-2015
  • Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle), Magician Member, 2001-Present
  • Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Board Member, 2001-2002

Honors & Awards

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards - Legal Writing, Cyberlaw, and Pretrial Advocacy

Speaking Engagements

  • “Where the Rubber Hits the Road: The Practical Application of The New Arizona Limited Liability Company Act,” Arizona State Bar CLE, September 2019.
  • “Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act,” National Business Institute, June 2019
  • “The New Arizona LLC Act,” Arizona State Bar CLE, May 2019
  • “So, What’s After Shark Tank?  7 Common Business Law Issues,” Workuity Lunch and Learn, May 2019
  • “Avoiding the 13 4/5th Deadly Sins of Nonprofit Boards,” Association of Corporate Counsel, February 2018
  • “Avoiding the 13 4/5th Deadly Sins of Nonprofit Boards,” Association of Corporate Counsel, January 2018
  • “Ten Areas Where Action Today Will Pay Off in an Exit Event Tomorrow,” Lewis and Roca, October 2012