Matt McKay


Matt McKay

Commitment to Clients and Communities

I receive the greatest satisfaction at the office from being involved in complex transactions that ultimately help people who need it most. One of the best things about being a tax lawyer is that, perhaps surprisingly, tax law rewards creative thinking. Practicing tax law is often likened to “puzzle solving.” This is a fine analogy, but it also undersells the vast opportunities for thinking outside the box that present themselves to tax lawyers. I love finding elegant solutions to complex problems for my clients. My favorite thing about being a tax lawyer at Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen is that the projects we work on end up helping people and their communities.

Career Overview

Current Focus: I joined Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen in 2017 and focus my practice on the tax structuring and negotiation of real estate projects that are eligible for federal low-income housing tax credits and new markets tax credits. Prior to joining Applegate, I was an associate in the tax transactions and consulting group at Mayer Brown LLP, where I represented and advised clients on a broad range of tax planning matters, including tax issues regarding mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, tax-free reorganizations and spin-offs, real estate investment trusts, partnership transactions, and non-profit organizations. I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2015 and earned my B.A. in Political Science from Michigan State University in 2012. When I’m not at the office, you can find me rock climbing, cooking alongside my wife, or exploring nature.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
    • Member, Section on Taxation
  • President, Polaris Charter Academy Associate Board of Directors
  • Member, Perspective to the People Board of Directors


Our attorneys have a passion for helping our clients reclaim and re-invigorate neighborhoods and cities. We represent developers, tax credit syndicators, investors, tax-exempt community development organizations and public housing authorities. They trust us to get the job done–please come talk with us to learn why you should too.

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