Norman E. Matteoni

Condemnation Specialist

As a Deputy County Counsel, Mr. 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.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, 1964 U.S. District Court Northern District and Eastern District of California U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit U.S. Supreme Court

Education

J.D. with Honors from Notre Dame Law School — Notre Dame, IN, 1963 Law Review: Legislation and Administrative Law Editor, Notre Dame Law Review, 1961–1963 B.A. Cum Laude from the University of Santa Clara – Santa Clara, CA, 1960, Major: Economics

Published Works

Condemnation Practice Book

Condemnation Practice in California, State Bar of California, 4th Ed. Vol. 1 and 2 with yearly updates, 2009
Symposium: Eminent Domain, 20 Hastings Law Journal, 1969

Seminar Speaking Engagements

Condemnation and Land Use, Santa Clara Law School, 1990–Present
Condemnation and Real Property, California Board of Continuing Legal Education, 1975–1995
Condemnation, International Board of Continuing Legal Education, 1998–Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of California, 1964
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Santa Clara Bar Association — Board of Trustees from 1970–1973
State Bar Conference of Barristers — Executive Committee from 1969–1973
State Bar Committee on Condemnation — Member and Chair from 1978–1983
Condemnation Attorneys Group, Member and Past President, 1977–present
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Board of Directors, 1989–2007
University of Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council 2004–Present

Awards and Honors

“AV” Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Northern California Super Lawyer in Eminent Domain 2006–2016

Past Employment Positions

Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office — Deputy County Counsel from 1964–1974


norm@matteoni.com