Allen Matkins Expands Land Use Practice with Addition of Partner Jonathan E. Shardlow to Orange County Office


IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Allen Matkins, a California-based real estate and business law firm, today announced the addition of Land Use Partner Jonathan E. Shardlow to its office in Orange County. Jonathan represents commercial real estate owners and developers in the industrial, commercial and multifamily sectors on a variety of land use matters, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance and litigation and matters related transactions. Jonathan’s experience spans all of California, with a particular focus on the Inland Empire.

“Jonathan’s extensive experience in all things CEQA and California’s complex zoning and environmental laws, in addition to his leadership roles in his previous company and prominent industry organizations, make him a valuable addition to Allen Matkins’ renowned and dynamic Land Use Practice Group,” said Emily L. Murray, co-chair of the firm’s Land Use, Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group. “Jonathan represents a robust and successful effort by Allen Matkins over the past few years to attract the nation’s top talent to the legal industry.”

Jonathan enjoys a multi-faceted, resolution-oriented role working with clients to drive development projects through to approval. He focuses on CEQA compliance and litigation, advising private clients on various state and federal environmental laws. He provides advisory and litigation services on land use matters involving development impact fees, development agreements and rights, subdivisions, general and specific plan adoption and amendments, conditional use permits, variances and zoning. Jonathan is also the author of several successful land use initiatives and is a frequent speaker on land use topics statewide.

Jonathan received his BA, with distinction, from the University of California, Santa Barbara; his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law; and his LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law. He currently chairs the NAIOP Inland Empire Legislative Affairs Committee and also sits on the NAIOP Inland Empire Board of Directors. Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Jonathan served as Head of Land Use and Litigation Practice Groups at Gresham Savage in San Bernardino.


Allen Matkins, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with more than 200 attorneys in four major California metropolitan areas: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The firm’s focus areas include real estate, construction, land use, environmental and natural resources, corporate and securities, real estate and commercial finance, bankruptcy, restructurings and rights creditors, joint ventures and taxation; labor and employment; and litigation, litigation, risk management and alternative dispute resolution in all of these areas. For more information about Allen Matkins, please visit


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