Kissner , Matthew

Matthew D. Kissner represents privately and publicly held clients in connection with a variety of business and transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions; planning, structuring and restructuring business ventures; corporate governance; initial capitalization and recapitalization through private securities offerings; protection and licensing of technology and related intellectual property rights; negotiation and preparation of various contracts and commercial agreements; and general corporate matters.

He serves as outside general counsel to startups and emerging companies, advising founders regarding the formation, organization and governance of business entities; early-stage financings; growth through strategic acquisitions and alliances; employment, consulting and non-disclosure arrangements; and day-to-day operational issues.

Kissner represents publicly traded companies regarding their reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act, including compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and corporate governance requirements, and regularly prepares proxy statements, periodic reports and other disclosure documents.

In the area of intellectual property, Kissner assists clients with the management of trademark and copyright portfolios; filing and prosecution of trademark applications; development of protection strategies; and negotiation and preparation of license agreements.

He also represents franchisors in the development, structuring and maintenance of their franchise networks, including the preparation of disclosure documents, agreements and registrations, and has experience representing small businesses and Fortune 500 companies in various commercial disputes and litigation matters.

With a business background that includes the successful operation of real estate investment franchises in four Florida counties, Kissner has first-hand entrepreneurial experience. In 2006, he received national recognition for his talents as a real estate dealmaker and negotiator.

Kissner is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of the Florida State Business Review.

Kissner is an AV Preeminent®-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, achieving the agency’s highest marks for both competency and ethics.

In addition to his involvement in a number of professional and philanthropic organizations, Kissner volunteers his time as a mentor to young entrepreneurs through local programs including FAU Tech Runway, Startup Palm Beach’s Startup Weekend and Palm Beach Tech’s #MadeInPBC initiative.

Bar Membership



U.S. District Courts, Southern District of Florida


Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, Florida, 2011
J.D., Juris Doctor

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida, 2005
B.S., Political Science


Palm Beach County Bar Association
Member, Transaction Law Committee

Palm Beach County Business Development Board

The Florida Bar
Member, Committee on Technology

The Florida State University Alumni Association

West Palm Beach Kiwanis Club

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell   

“Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine, 2016 and 2017

Finalist in Up and Comer Awards by South Florida Business & Wealth magazine, 2016

“Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer”  by Florida Trend magazine, 2015, 2017