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Matthew Hinks is a partner in JMBM's litigation department. Matt's practice encompasses a wide range of litigation and pre-dispute counseling. Matt has special expertise dealing with disputes between property owners and governmental agencies involving land use and property rights issues and real estate development projects. Matt regularly litigates cases involving takings, environmental, planning and zoning, signage and other land use issues. He is a contributing author to the California Land Use Blog. Beyond purely land use disputes, Matt also has considerable experience litigating claims arising under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, trademark and copyright disputes, and contract, antitrust and trade secret cases. Matt has extensive experience in both federal and state courts, including class actions, arbitrations, mediations and administrative proceedings.

Matt's courage under fire is perhaps best exemplified by his service to our country prior to college as a combat medic in the United States Army. He served in the former Federal Republic of Germany and later in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded at various times with the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Combat Medical Badge, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

Representative Successes
  • Prevailed at trial on behalf of property owner in high profile land use dispute brought against City of Los Angeles involving residential construction project in Benedict Canyon.
  • Prevailed in high profile CEQA dispute involving municipality's certification of Environmental Impact Report for large-scale mining operation.
  • Prevailed on behalf of sign company client in action brought by criminal branch of Los Angeles City Attorney's Office alleging nuisance and business and professions code claims arising out of installation of supergraphics.
  • Prevailed at trial in action against New Motor Vehicle Board for automobile client, obtaining first writ of mandate to be issued against the Board in almost two decades.
  • Prevailed at trial on behalf of real estate developer in first density bonus case brought against City of Los Angeles under State Density Bonus Law, SB 1818.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment and on appeal in class action brought by class of plaintiffs under California's Unruh Act alleging claims of racial discrimination.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in pioneering class action case involving application of California's newly-enacted Proposition 64. Judgment affirmed in published decision on appeal.
  • Won federal court injunction on First Amendment grounds against application of City of San Francisco's sign ordinances. Affirmed by Ninth Circuit on appeal.
  • Prevailed on demurrer on behalf of a major national law firm against claims for negligent misrepresentation, fraud and promissory estoppel in a ten million dollar lawsuit brought by an injured investor in a life insurance investment scheme.
Court of Appeals opinions
  • City of Duarte v. City of Azusa, 2013 WL 605453 (Cal. App. 2013)
  • Harris v. Save the Queen, 2012 WL 5207516 (Cal. App. 2012)
  • Four Sided Properties LLC v. City of Los Angeles, 2012 WL 1499035 (Cal. App. 2012)
  • O'Brien v. Camisasca, 161 Cal. App. 4th 388 (2008).
  • Contest Promotions, LLC v. City of San Francisco, 2010 WL 1998780 (N.D. Cal. 2010), aff'd, 2011 WL 1575596 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Garamendi v. SDI Vendome S.A., 276 F. Supp. 2d 1030 (C.D. Ca. 2003).
  • Gonzales v. Lloyds TSB Bank, PLC, 532 F. Supp. 2d 1200 (C.D. Cal. 2006)
  • Headley v. Church of Scientology International, et al., 2010 WL 3184389 (C.D. Cal. 2010).
  • DeCrescenzo v. Church of Scientology International, et al., 2011 WL 2508142 (Cal. App. 2011).
  • Wecker v. City of Los Angeles, 2009 WL 5109557 (Cal. App. 2009).
  • PR/JSM Rivara LLC v. Community Redevelopment Agency of City of Los Angeles, 180 Cal. App. 4th 1475 (2009).
  • Allison-Zongker, LP v. CHLN , Inc., 2008 WL 1765049 (Cal. App. 2008).
  • Maudlin v. Pacific Decision Sciences Corp., 137 Cal. App. 4th 1001 (Cal. App. 2006)
  • Wham-O, Inc. v. Manley Toys, Ltd., 2009 WL 1353752 (9th Cir. 2009)

J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1998

B.A., University of Southern California, 1995
magna cum laude

Bar Admissions State Bar of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
State Courts of California
Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
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