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Matthew R. Fogt

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Matthew Fogt is a multidimensional dealmaker. He combines land use, real estate, environmental, natural resource, and energy law knowledge with business acumen, negotiation skills, and rigor to address California real estate development projects from all angles. He works to get the best terms and provisions in land use entitlements and real estate transactions while managing client investment and project constraints, and takes the necessary steps to ensure his clients’ developments can proceed in a timely manner, following acquisition.

Efficiency and Value

The breadth of Matthew’s expertise provides unique efficiency and value for serious developers. Clients such as Rockefeller Group, Five Point Communities, Irvine Company, Kilroy Realty, Goodman, Regent Properties, MBK, and dozens more public and private entities rely on Matthew’s multiple talents when acquiring, financing, entitling, developing, or redeveloping a broad range of asset types—from master-planned communities, commercial properties (office, industrial, retail), apartments, renewable energy facilities, and mixed-use projects, to airports, resource extraction, self-storage, and auto dealerships. 

Full-service and Strategy

Matthew advises clients on a broad range of issues including the California Environmental Quality Act, state and federal resource permits, subdivision mapping, public finance, affordable housing, environmental restrictions, impact fee disputes, utility service, eminent domain, construction and consultant agreement, conservation easements, and development agreements, to name a few. Matthew also regularly advises several clients regarding prevailing wage issues and complex CC&Rs and easements. Matthew is skilled at public hearings and working with government agencies to obtain necessary approvals for his clients' projects. 

Personal Interests

Matthew resides in Irvine with his wife and five children. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and his church's youth program. He is also a coach for youth soccer, football, and softball teams.

Prior to law school, Matthew worked for the United States Forest Service on planning issues. During law school, Matthew was an editor on the Brigham Young University Law Review, President of the Natural Resource Law Society, Civil Chair of the Government and Politics Legal Society, a counselor in the Academic Success Program, and a pupil in the American Inns of Court. 

During law school, Matthew externed for the Honorable Matthew B. Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court, the Honorable Bruce S. Jenkins of the United States District Court for the District of Utah, and for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Utah. 

During college, Matthew took a two-year break to volunteer as a Spanish-speaking missionary in eastern Washington State, where he worked primarily with migratory farm workers and Native American communities. 


  • Urban Land Institute
  • Building Industry Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
  • Orange County Economic Think Tank
  • J. Rueben Clark Law Society – Orange County Chapter
  • Boy Scouts of America – Orange County Council


  • Selected for inclusion in Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers (2010 - 2018)
Rated by Super Lawyers


Matthew received his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2005, where he graduated magna cum laude and was honored with the Order of the Coif. 

Bar Admissions

  • California