Matthew R. Fogt actively works with the firm’s land use, real estate, environment, natural resource and energy practice groups. He also works with a broad range of asset types, including master-planned communities, renewable energy facilities, mixed-use projects, airports, resource extraction, hospitality properties, agriculture, as well as office, industrial, multi-family and retail properties. The breadth of Matthew’s expertise provides unique efficiency and value to clients in that he routinely performs work typically done by two or more separate attorneys.
Within the land use realm, Matthew regularly obtains development approvals from various local, state and federal agencies, performs entitlement and zoning review as part of acquisitions, navigates projects through the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, processes subdivision maps, advises regarding redevelopment issues, including prevailing wage, arranges public finance, including community facilities districts, advises regarding affordable housing, and negotiates complex conservation easements and development agreements.
Within the real estate realm, Matthew regularly handles the following transactions: purchase and sale, debt and equity financing, public finance, leasing, utility agreements, master developer representation, easements, Department of Real Estate and owners’ associations, title review, construction agreements, infrastructure agreements, exactions and fee agreements, consultant agreements, construction defect, and eminent domain.
In addition to general land use and real estate matters, Matthew also regularly advises regarding renewable energy projects, utility rights-of-way, state and federal resource permits, habitat conservation plans, remediation plans, underground storage tanks, and brownfield development.
Matthew resides in Laguna Hills with his wife and five children. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and his church's youth program and coaches soccer, football and softball.
- 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 - 2016)
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. During law school, Matthew was an editor on the BYU 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. Matthew also 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.
Prior to law school, Matthew worked for the United States Forest Service on planning issues. Matthew received a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Utah in 2001. During college, Matthew took a two-year break to volunteer as a Spanish-speaking missionary in eastern Washington, where he worked primarily with migratory farm workers and Native American communities.