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Fernando Villa

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Fernando Villa is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles Office. His practice focuses on land use, environmental law, local government matters, and real estate dispute resolution. He represents clients in land use entitlement, California Environmental Quality Act, and local government law matters involving a broad scope of entitlements for a variety of development projects, including mixed-use, industrial, residential, retail, master-planned, and commercial developments.

Fernando also represents clients in federal and state environmental cost recovery actions such as those under CERCLA, RCRA, and the California Hazardous Substance Account Act, and toxic tort litigation involving claims for real property damage arising from alleged hazardous substance disposal.

Concentrating much of his practice on Brownfield development projects, Fernando combines his environmental, land use, real estate, public agency law, and litigation expertise to entitle his clients’ development projects and help them manage environmental risks.

Fernando handles a variety of real estate and related commercial disputes, including claims of breach and fraud involving purchase and sale agreements, commercial lease actions, business fraud involving oil and gas leases, and real estate based securities, and vendor-vendee actions. He is experienced at every phase of dispute resolution, from pre-litigation counseling through ADR and trial or arbitration.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Fernando was a partner at Pircher, Nichols & Meeks.


  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Land Use & Zoning Law (2016 - 2019)


Fernando received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt School of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating magna cum laude.


  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona