Matthew Nichols is an associate in the Real Estate & Land Use Group, where he assists property owners, developers, and investors on matters relating to complex real estate development, land use entitlement, zoning and environmental law. In this capacity, he has worked on a variety of major projects in Southern California, including traditional and mixed-use commercial, residential, and industrial developments. Matt also has experience representing landowners and developers in matters before the California Coastal Commission, involving coastal development permits, appeals, exemptions, local coastal programs, and enforcement, as well as related local entitlements and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Prior to joining Liner LLP, Matt worked as an attorney representing public entities in a variety of real estate, land use, development, impact fee and municipal financing transactions, including the formation and administration of Mello-Roos Community Facilities Districts. While in law school, Matt served as a judicial extern for the Honorable W. Michael Hayes of the Orange County Superior Court and as an intern at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.
Matt graduated from Loyola Law School where he completed the Corporate Law Practicum emphasizing transactional work. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from California Polytechnic State University, with a concentration in finance.