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It's rare to find a development that does not face challenges in complying with governmental regulations. Whether it's obtaining approvals for a new project, buying or selling property, expanding operations, or placing a new product on the market, there are state, federal and local environmental laws that often apply, creating unexpected costs and headaches.

We help clients navigate routine and complex issues to help them overcome difficult (often political) challenges so they can focus on their goals with greater clarity and confidence. 

We offer clients knowledge of the legal and regulatory climate, a practical understanding of local issues, and the benefits of long-standing relationships with regulators, technical experts, key decision-makers and community stakeholders. 

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Allen Matkins received National Tier 1 Rankings in the 2019 Best Lawyers'  “Best Law Firms" for Land Use & Zoning Law, as well as Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in Orange County and San Diego. In addition to the firm’s Tier 1 rankings, the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America recognized 32 individual Allen Matkins attorneys, including Pamela L. AndesJeffrey A. ChineDavid C. CookeBarry H. EpsteinJames L. Meeder and Fernando Villa

Chambers & Partners USA has ranked Allen Matkins as the number one real estate law firm in California for the 17th consecutive year. Our Construction Group, Labor & Employment Group and Environmental Group were ranked again this year in California. The 2018 edition also recognized Allen Matkins zoning/land use attorney Jeffrey A. Chine; and environmental attorneys Pamela L. AndesDavid D. CookeJames L. Meeder and Sandi L. Nichols.

Barry H. Epstein and Anton N. Natsis named to the Daily Journal's 2014 Top 50 Development Lawyers.

Jeffrey A. Chine acts as General Counsel for the Building Industry Association of San Diego County and chairs its Legal Action Committee.

The San Diego County Building Industry Association recognized Heather S. Riley as the Best Builder Associate of the Year in 2011.

The Recorder named Allen Matkins Northern California Environmental Practice (specifically mentioning Jim BurroughsDavid CookeJim Meeder and Sandi Nichols) as one of its 10 "Leading Environmental Practices" in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012.

  • Environmental expertise and water expertise - no one else has it."
    - Principal, Residential Developer
  • They really understand the California regulatory environment - they are as good as it gets."
    - Principal, Residential Developer


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Emily L. Murray


Chair, Pro Bono Committee

Los Angeles

(213) 955-5584
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Sandi L. Nichols


San Francisco

San Diego

(415) 273-7454