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.
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 .