Matt Newton

Matt Newton is one of very few private-sector attorneys board certified in City, County, and Local Government Law in the Tampa Bay area. Matt received his J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2014 and has dedicated most of his career to assisting clients with matters in the areas of local regulation of land through planning and zoning, sovereign immunity, state-local preemption, open government, and the defense of both property and civil rights. Read more below…

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Matt Newton

Matt writes about legal, political, and urban planning issues in a weekly column for Tampa’s La Gaceta Newspaper entitled “The Reasonable Standard.” Super Lawyers® has recognized Matt as one of Florida’s Rising Stars® in 2022, and Best Lawyers® has named him as One to Watch® annually from 2021-2023.

Matt is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Florida. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In addition to his Board Certification, Florida’s Supreme Court has certified Matt as a mediator for civil cases pending in Florida’s circuit and appellate courts.

A dedicated member of the community, Matt Chairs Community Tampa Bay’s Board of Directors, is a member of Midtown Tampa’s Kiwanis Club, and is a regular volunteer for Tampa’s Stageworks Theatre.

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • The Florida Bar Association
  • Tampa’s La Gaceta Newspaper Weekly Column Contributor “The Reasonable Standard.”
  • Community Tampa Bay’s Board of Directors Chair
  • Midtown Tampa’s Kiwanis Club Member
  • Tampa’s Stageworks Theatre Board Member

Area(s) of Practice

  • Real Estate and Development

  • Commercial Leasing

  • Land Use and Zoning

  • Real Estate, Construction and Development Sectors


  • B.A., New College of Florida, 2008

    J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 2014


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