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. 


Awards & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers, Land Use & Zoning Law, 2024

Named to the OC Visionaries list by the LA Times, 2022

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 & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 2003

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1999

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