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Matthew J. Marino

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Matt Marino is a partner in the San Diego office of Allen Matkins.  A seasoned real estate litigator, Matt has nearly 20 years of experience representing developers and commercial landlords in all types of disputes. 

Matt emphasizes a pragmatic approach to litigation, and spends significant time advising and working with clients on proactive steps to reduce or avoid costly and time-consuming litigation. Litigation, when necessary, is a tool to the client's desired goals.

Matt has particularly strong experience in matters relating to:

  • Retail and office landlord/tenant litigation, including tenant defaults, unlawful detainer, tenant use and common area disputes, shared maintenance expense disputes, exclusive use issues, and similar issues;
  • Expressive activity at shopping centers, including the crafting and enforcement of "time, place, and manner" restrictions on expressive activity and shopping center rules and regulations;
  • Condominium and homeowners' association disputes, including governance disputes, construction defect litigation, and management and membership disputes;
  • Real estate purchase litigation, including buyer disputes and consumer fraud class actions; and
  • Construction matters, including construction defect litigation, lien disputes, insurance issues and disputes, and contract and payment disputes.

In addition to these real estate and business matters, Matt also is experienced in professional and legal malpractice issues, defending clients in connection with legal malpractice claims. 

Matt has practiced and appeared in courts, arbitration proceedings, and mediations throughout California, including San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland/Alameda, Sacramento, and Imperial County.

Matt speaks regularly to clients and industry groups on important issues for property owners, including expressive activities at shopping centers and the proper crafting and enforcement of center rules, and lease defaults and common pitfalls in the commercial unlawful detainer process.  Matt also sits on numerous advisory boards relevant to his clients' interests, including the Builders Resource Council and Public Policy Committee of the San Diego Building Industry Association.  Matt is a frequent speaker at industry events, including Bisnow and IMN programs.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Matt practiced law in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on defense of government regulation and enforcement actions.  In his spare time, Matt is a volunteer umpire at numerous local Little Leagues.  Matt also umpires in the District 31 post-season tournament, the first step to the Little League World Series.


  • San Diego Building Industry Association, Builders' Resource Council
  • San Diego Building Industry Association, Public Policy Committee
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)


Matt received his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University in 1996 and his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999. During law school, Matt worked for one year as a judicial intern to the Honorable Brook Hedge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Fourth and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California