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 who helps for-profit and not-for-profit clients obtain site control and development approvals from public agencies for complex urban projects.

His project experience extends to market-oriented and affordable housing, commercial and mixed-use developments, as well as facilities and master plans for health care, educational, cultural and other nonprofit institutions.

Matthew also assists clients in the creation of public-private partnerships for open space, and is active in land use planning and policy and historic preservation. He is a member of the City of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee.

Chambers USA recognizes Matthew as "a preeminent force in development and land use work, having substantial experience representing developers in large public projects."  Chambers also cites a source who states that “he is outstanding at moving deals forward in a very quiet but highly intelligent and creative manner."

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

He co-directs and teaches in the real estate program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has written and spoken extensively on real estate and land use law and policy. Additionally, Matthew contributes articles and book reviews on land use planning, design and development for The Boston Globe, ArchitectureBoston, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land and other publications.


  • Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Massachusetts, 2019 (Band 1)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers® (2016, 2019): Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Best Lawyers in America®, (2008-2017, 2020): 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


  • Planning, Design 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; Chair, Social Impact Initiative, Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council
  • 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
  • Open Space:  Co-founder, Emerald Network; Member, Trustees Collaborative for Open Space; Board Member, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 1998-2014
  • Historic Preservation: Board President, 2004-2016, Historic Boston Incorporated; Chair, Truro Historical Commission
  • Teaching: Co-Director, Masters in Real Estate and the Built Environment Program, Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Guest Lecturer, MIT Center for Real Estate, Harvard Advanced Management Development Program


  • Massachusetts


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