Sean Matsler

Partner

Overview

Sean Matsler is a land use partner in the firm’s Orange County office. His practice focuses on securing entitlements for controversial and complex real estate development projects.

Sean advises clients on compliance with the myriad local, state and federal laws and regulations that govern the development of real property, including local planning and zoning regulations, the California Coastal Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. Sean guides his clients through the entitlement process, from site selection to project approval, and regularly appears before both state and local administrative bodies to secure approvals on behalf of clients. Recent examples of Sean’s projects are:

Residential

  • High-Rise Residential—Secured entitlements for the 25-story “Museum House” luxury residential condominium tower in Newport Beach.
  • Single-Family Residential—Secured entitlements for an 80-unit greenfield project known as “Cielo Vista” in unincorporated Orange County, adjacent to the city of Yorba Linda.
  • Mixed Use—Ongoing representation of landowner in connection with entitlement of a waterfront mixed-use redevelopment in the city of Newport Beach.
  • Multifamily Residential—Ongoing representation of landowner in connection with entitlement of an approximately 250-unit infill multifamily project in the city of Santa Ana.

Industrial—Secured entitlements for an approximately 3 million-square-foot industrial, retail and office complex known as “Eastvale Commerce Center” in the city of Eastvale.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements

Publications

“Compulsory Voting in America,” 76 S. CAL L. REV. 953, 2003.

Speaking Engagements

Association of Environmental Professionals, Fall 2014 CEQA Essentials Workshop, November 7, 2014.

Orange County Bar Association Real Estate Section Meeting, Challenges and Pitfalls in Obtaining Zoning and Building Entitlements to Develop Real Property, July 22, 2014.

CEQA Exemptions After Berkeley Hillside: Will The Exception Swallow The Rule?, Association of Environmental Professionals 2014 State Conference 

Association of Environmental Professionals, Fall 2013 CEQA Basics Workshop, 2013.

Building Industry Association of Orange County, “The Latest on Ceres, Koontz, and CEQA Reform,” 2013.

Orange Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, APA Awards Jurist and Presenter, 2013.

California Department of Transportation, Expert Delphi Panel participant for High Desert Corridor project, 2013.

National Association of Environmental Professionals/Association of Environmental Professionals 2013 Joint Conference, “CEQA Exemptions: Not All They're Cracked Up To Be?” 2013.

Public Counsel, “Early Care & Education Works: 5th Annual Symposium on Child Care Development,” 2012.

Association of Environmental Professionals, Fall 2012 CEQA Basics Workshop, 2012.

Public Counsel, “Building Child Care From the Ground Up,” webinar, 2012.

Association of Environmental Professionals, Spring 2012 Advanced CEQA Workship, 2012.

Association of Environmental Professionals, Fall 2011 CEQA Basics Workshop, 2011.

Public Counsel, Fourth Annual Symposium on Child Care Development, 2011.

Association of Environmental Professionals, Fall 2010 CEQA Basics Workshop, 2010.

California Pro Bono Conference, “Cultivating Future Pro Bono Leaders,” 2010.

Public Counsel, Third Annual Symposium on Child Care Development, 2010.

Association of Environmental Professionals, Spring 2010 Advanced CEQA Workshop, 2010.

Association of Environmental Professionals, Spring 2009 Advanced CEQA Workshop, 2009.

Building Industry Association of Orange County, “CEQA Basics and Updates,” 2009.

Public Counsel, Smart Kids, Smart Growth Planners' Summit, 2008.

Awards &
Affiliations

Awards & Recognition

  • 2013 Public Counsel Pro Bono of the Year Award
  • Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2013
  • 2009 Religious Liberty Award, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California

Professional Affiliations

  • ULI Orange County/Inland Empire—Advisory Board member; Vice Chair, ULI NEXT
  • Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Building Industry Association: Orange County Chapter
  • OC Marathon Foundation Board of Directors
  • City of Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee
  • Member, Urban Land Institute (Sustainable Communities Initiative Council, Young Leaders Group)
  • City of Newport Beach Citizens Bicycle Safety Committee, 2010-2012
  • Law Day Committee, Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, 2007-2012
  • Public Counsel Land Use Task Force, 2008-2012
  • City of Newport Beach Task Force on Cycling Safety, 2009-2010
  • Bet Tzedek Justice Ball Planning Committee, 2003-2006

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California

Education

  • J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1999