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Matthew C. Henderson

Shareholder, Walnut Creek
Tel: 925.935.9400
Email: matthew.henderson@msrlegal.com

Matthew C. Henderson

Shareholder, Walnut Creek

Tel: 925.935.9400
Email:

EXPERIENCE
Matthew Henderson is a land use and litigation shareholder in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office. His practice encompasses all stages of land use and real property cases, from initial entitlement and environmental review to subsequent litigation and appellate work.  He has experience in a variety of land use entitlement and litigation matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), general and specific plan updates, zoning, subdivisions, use permits, and the formation of community facilities districts. 

Matt represents clients in development and litigation related to mixed use, residential, and retail projects, lending, mortgage and title issues. He also excels in cases involving escrow liability, construction disputes and mechanics' liens, and municipal building and development projects. Matt also serves in Miller Starr Regalia’s appellate practice group and has experience in representing both parties and amicus curiae in significant appeals throughout the state.

EDUCATION
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (2003)

M.A., University of Chicago, Humanities (2000)

B.A., Pomona College, English (1995)

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Shadelands Project. 25 acre mixed use development in Walnut Creek, California involving multiple entitlement and land use approvals including adoption of specific plan, general plan amendment, rezoning, tentative map approval, and CEQA review.
  • California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Matt coauthored an amicus curiae brief for the League of California Cities and the Counties of Kings, Solano, and Tulare in a significant CEQA case pending before the California Supreme Court.
  • Appel v. Superior Court. Matt served as counsel for amicus curiae California Land Title Association in a proceeding for a petition for a writ of mandamus before the Second District Court of Appeal involving the appropriate measurement of recovery under a mechanic’s lien.  
  • Lee v. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.  Complete judgment in favor of client following three week trial in Solano County Superior Court and affirmation on appeal to the First District Court of Appeal. 

SPEECHES & PRESENTATIONS

  • “Transportation and CEQA: Implementation of the transition from Level of Service (LOS) to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) for assessing traffic impacts,” Law Seminars International, Los Angeles, November 2, 2016
  • "The Orchards Preview Tour," Urban Land Institute, September 8, 2016 (Discussion Panelist)
  • “The California Supreme Court: Reforming CEQA from the Bench,” The State Bar of California’s 35th Annual Real Property Law Section Retreat, May 21, 2016 (Moderator)
  • “CEB, Real Property Law Practice,” CEB 36th Annual Recent Developments, San Francisco, January 29, 2016
  • “CEB, Real Property Law Practice,” CEB 36th Annual Recent Developments, Sacramento, January 22, 2016
  • “CEQA Guidelines Update and SB 743—it’s Not Just About Vehicle Miles Traveled,” Argent Communications Group’s California Land Use Law & Policy Conference, March 9, 2015 (co-presenter)
  • “CEB, Real Property Law Practice,” CEB 35th Annual Recent Developments, Sacramento, January 1, 2015
  • “CEB, Real Property Law Practice,” CEB 34th Annual Recent Developments, Sacramento, January 10, 2014
  • “CEB, Real Property Law Practice,” CEB 33rd Annual Recent Developments, Sacramento, January 11, 2013
  • “Real Property Title and Legal Descriptions,” California Land Surveyors Association, Santa Clara / San Mateo Chapter, January 18, 2012
  • “Real Property Title and Legal Descriptions,” International Right of Way Association, Bay Area Chapter 2, September 14, 2011
  • “Real Property Title and Legal Descriptions,” California Land Surveyors Association, East Bay Chapter, January 12, 2011

PUBLICATIONS

  • “The Top Ten Real Property Cases of 2015,” California Real Property Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2016 (co-authored with Basil ("Bill") Shiber)
  • Contributing Editor, California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, August 2012 – present
  • “Paper or Plastic? A Question for California's Courts,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate Newsalert, Vol. 24, No. 2, November 2013
  • Chapter 34, “Judicial Remedies,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 4th, 2015 (author)
  • E-Bulletin columnist, California Bar Real Property Section, December 2010 – present
  • “A Matter of Discretion? The Court of Appeal Construes the Map Act’s Lot Line Adjustment Exclusion to Authorize a Ministerial Local Agency Approval Process and to Allow Sequential Adjustments of Lots,” California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, Vol. 21, No. 11, September 2012 (co-authored with Arthur Coon)
  • “Anti-SLAPP Statute in the Real Estate Litigation Mix,” California Real Estate Journal, October 6, 2008
  • “Court’s Holding on Economic Loss Rule is Troubling, Problematic,” San Francisco Daily Journal, March 31, 2005
  • “Encroachers Beware: The Sun Is Setting on the Wild West Doctrine of Adverse Possession,” California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, Vol. 13, No. 11, August 2004 (co-authored with Christian Carrigan)
  • “Punitive Damages: Unpredictable Courts Can’t Agree,” San Francisco Daily Journal, July 1, 2004

ASSOCIATIONS

  • California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter – Contributing Editor (2012 – Present)
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA), Real Estate and Appellate Sections
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
    • Executive Committee (September 2014 – present)
    • Litigation Subsection Co-Chair, (October 2009 – August 2014)

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Super Lawyers Northern California (2012, 2013)