Real estate development and land use law is at the core of Matthew Kiefer's practice. He has a particular focus on advancing complex urban projects through the process of obtaining site control and approvals from public agencies. These include market-oriented and affordable housing projects, commercial and mixed-use developments, and facilities and master plans for health care, educational, cultural and other non-profit institutions. Matthew, a Director, also coordinates the firm’s Green Business practice. Chambers USA recognizes Matthew as "a preeminent force in development and land use work, having substantial experience representing developers in large public projects." They continue, "he is outstanding at moving deals forward in a very quiet but highly intelligent and creative manner."
Matthew has taught in the urban planning programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at MIT, and has written and spoken extensively on real estate and land use law and policy. He is active in historic preservation, public open space and land use planning, design and policy. Additionally, Matthew writes book reviews on land use planning, design and development for ArchitectureBoston, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land and other publications.
- Urban mixed-use developments, including the 6.3-million-square-foot development of Seaport Square on 23 acres in the South Boston Innovation District; 40 Trinity Place, a hotel and residential tower in the Back Bay; and 80 East Berkeley, a retail and tech office building in the South End.
- Institutional master plan approvals for major Boston hospitals and universities, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Northeastern University, Harvard University and Berklee College of Music.
- Proposed air rights projects on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston and over the Massachusetts Turnpike.
- Market-rate and mixed-income residential projects in South Boston, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Brighton.
- Facilities for cultural institutions, including additions to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum and new homes for the Boston Society of Architects, Historic Boston Incorporated, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
- Adaptive re-use of historic buildings, including FP3, Channel Center, and 319 A Street in the Fort Point Channel district of Boston.
- Historic restorations in the Back Bay, South End and Beacon Hill, including the Burrage Mansion, Zero Marlborough Street, Marais and 25 Beacon Street.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Regulatory Reform: City of Boston Inclusionary Development Policy Mayor's Working Group; MEPA Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee; Chapter 91 Facilities of Public Accommodation Task Force; NAIOP Article 80 Task Force
- Planning, Design and Policy: Chair, Boston Municipal Research Bureau; Advisory Board and Management Committee, ULI Boston; Vice President, Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council; Contributing Editor, ArchitectureBoston magazine; Board of Directors, Boston Society of Architects, 2007-2013;
- Historic Preservation: Co-Chair, Historic Boston Incorporated Council of Advisors; Member, Truro Historical Commission
- Teaching: Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Guest Lecturer, MIT Center for Real Estate, Harvard Advanced Management Development Program
Awards and Recognition
- Best Lawyers in America, Boston Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year," 2016
- American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Elected Fellow, 2012
- Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent TM
- Martindale HubbellTM Top Rated Lawyer in 'Land Use And Zoning,' 2013
- Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2017
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2016
- Top Attorneys in Massachusetts, Boston Magazine, 2016
- "America's Leading Business Lawyers," Chambers USA 2005-2015
- Volunteer of the Year, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 2011
Seminars & Events
|Speaker, "Boston's Development Boom," BBA|
|Moderator, "State of Retail and Hospitality," Bisnow Boston State of the Market|
|Panelist, "Rethinking Healthcare Real Estate Strategies," New England Hospital & Medical Facilities Summit 2015|
|Moderator, "Climate Resilient Financing," The Boston Harbor Association|
|Moderator, "Yours, mine, ours: A community conversation," Boston Society of Architects|