Matt litigates land use matters in the state and federal courts, having defended clients in challenges under the California Environmental Quality Act, the Planning & Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as local zoning ordinances, conditions of approval and general plans. He also regularly defends landowners in eminent domain litigation, including complex matters involving challenges to an agency’s right-to-take and valuation of goodwill.
Matt has worked on a wide variety of significant land use projects throughout California, including large urban redevelopment projects, military base reuse projects, mixed-use waterfront developments, renewable energy and related infrastructure projects, regional shopping centers, and master-planned residential communities.
Matt teaches an Annual Land Use Law Review and Update course at University of California Davis Extension. He has also taught Planning Law and Legal Process at University of California Berkeley Extension. He regularly lectures on the Subdivision Map Act through California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and before local municipal engineers’ associations.
He is an active member of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) and the Bay Area Council. He serves on the board of directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and previously served as a board member and chair of the Amicus Committee of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.