Matthew Matt Kiefer Real Estate Development/Land Use Green Business Public Law & Policy Medical, Educational and Cultural Institutions Climate Change Resilience attorney lawyer

Matthew J. Kiefer

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Matthew Matt Kiefer Real Estate Development/Land Use Green Business Public Law & Policy Medical, Educational and Cultural Institutions Climate Change Resilience attorney lawyer



Matthew Kiefer is a real estate development and land use lawyer whose practice is at the intersection of private initiative and public policy, focusing on obtaining parcel dispositions and entitlements from public agencies for complex urban projects. These include market-oriented, mixed-income and affordable housing; commercial and mixed-use projects; and facilities and master plans for universities, cultural institutions and other non-profits. He is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA as “a pre-eminent force in development and land use work.”

In addition to his law practice, Matthew is a thought-leader in land use planning, design and development in Boston. He serves on the Advisory Board and Management Committee of ULI Boston; is an at-large member of the City of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee; is the past Chair of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, which supports best practices in municipal governance; and is an Honorary Member of the Boston Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects.

Matthew currently teaches in and co-directs the real estate program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has written and spoken widely on land use topics. He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Michigan Law School, and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard GSD.

Matthew co-chairs the firm’s Green Business practice and its Climate Change Resilience Task Force.


  • Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Massachusetts, 2019, 2021-2022 (Band 1)
  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers, Real Estate, 2021
  • Elected to Honorary Membership, American Institute of Architects, 2020
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers® (2016, 2019): Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Best Lawyers in America®, (2008-2017, 2020-2023): Land Use and Zoning Law - Real Estate Law
  • Elected to Honorary Membership, Boston Society of Architects, 2017
  • Top Attorneys in Massachusetts, Boston Magazine, 2016
  • "America's Leading Business Lawyers," Chambers USA 2005-2016
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Elected Fellow, 2012
  • Volunteer of the Year, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 2011
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent™
  • Martindale Hubbell™ Top Rated Lawyer in 'Land Use And Zoning,' 2013
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2019-2022


• Planning and Policy: Chair, 2014-2017, and current member of the Executive Committee, Boston Municipal Research Bureau; Advisory Board and Management Committee, ULI Boston; Contributing Editor, ArchitectureBoston Magazine

• 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

• Open Space: Co-founder, Emerald Network; Member, Trustees Collaborative for Open Space; Board Member, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 1998-2014

• Historic Preservation: Board President, Historic Boston Incorporated, 2004-2016; Chair, Truro Historical Commission

• Teaching: Co-Director, Masters in Real Estate and the Built Environment Program and  Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Guest Lecturer, MIT Center for Real Estate


  • Massachusetts


  • University of Michigan Law School  (J.D., 1982)
  • Boston University  (B.A., 1976)
  • Harvard University  (1995)
    • Loeb Fellow