Norman E. Matteoni

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Condemnation Specialist
As a Deputy County Counsel, Norman E. Matteoni tried condemnation cases for the County, school districts and the Santa Clara County Flood Control District for 8 years—trying over 40 cases. In private practice, he has primarily represented property owners regarding the taking and damaging of urban and rural lands. He has represented certain public agencies such as the County of San Diego, City of Carlsbad and Community Development Agency of Half Moon Bay on special assignments.

He is the primary author of Condemnation Practice in California—the comprehensive book used by California attorneys and cited by California courts since 1973 as the standard reference for direct and inverse condemnation cases. In 2005, the State Bar of California and the University of California published the third edition. In addition, Mr. Matteoni served as a consultant to the California Law Revision Commission on Eminent Domain in the early 1970′s and chaired the State Bar Committee on Condemnation for two years. He was a consultant for the CACI jury instructions on eminent domain.

Land Use Law
From 1971-74, Mr. Matteoni served as counsel to the Santa Clara County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors on zoning and planning matters. He coordinated the County’s first regulations to implement the California Environmental Quality Act. In his private practice, he has represented property owners, developers (local and state-wide) and publicly held corporations in a variety of land use matters.

Municipal Experience
Mr. Matteoni has first-hand experience in municipal government. He was elected to the Saratoga City Council and served six years. He was appointed to the Santa Clara County Water Commission, the Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council, the Saratoga Parks and Recreation Commission and the Saratoga Planning Commission.
Legislation and Administrative Law Editor, Notre Dame Law Review, 1962-1963. Contributing Author: "Condemnation Practice in California," Continuing Education of the Bar, 1973. Author: "Condemnation Practice of California," 3d Edition, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2009. Contributing Author: "Symposium: Eminent Domain," 20 Hastings Law Journal, 1969. City of Saratoga: Parks and Recreation Commission, 1969-1973; Chair, 1971 and 1972; Planning Commission, 1973-1974. Member: Saratoga City Council, 1974-1980; Santa Clara County Water Commission, 1978-1980; Santa Clara County Inter-Governmental Council, 1978-1979, Northern California Super Lawyer, Land Use/Zoning San Francisco Magazine, 2006-2010; U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Firms" - Metropolitan First Tier Firm Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use and Zoning Law (San Jose) 2010 .

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Real Property
  • California Environmental Law
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
408-293-4300  Phone
University Attended:
University of Santa Clara, A.B., 1960
Law School Attended:
University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1963
Year of First Admission:
1964, California
Santa Clara County Bar Association (Member, Board of Trustees, 1970-1973); State Bar of California (Member: Executive Committee, Conference of Barristers, 1969-1973; Vice-President, 1972; Committee on Condemnation, 1978-1983; Chair, 1982); California Condemnation Attorneys Group.
Birth Information:
San Jose, California, January 1, 1939
Reported Cases:
BFI v. City of San Jose and Waste Management, Inc., 181 CA3d 852, 226 CR 575, (1986); Santa Clara Valley Water Dist v. Gross, 200 CA3d 1363, 246 CR 580, (1988); County of San Diego v. Rancho Vista del Mar, 16 CA 4th 1046, 20 CR23d 675 (1993); San Jose Parking, Inc. v. Superior Court (2003) 110 Cal. App. 4th 1321; City of Carlsbad v. Rudvalis (2003) 109 Cal.App.4th 667; Metropolitan Water Dist. of S. Cal. v. Campus Crusade for Christ (2007) 41 Cal.4th 959; City of Stockton v. Marina Towers, LLC (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 93; Los Angeles Metro Transportation Authority v Alameda Produce Market (2011) Cal. 4th 1100.
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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