Matt Newton


As a board-certified lawyer in the area of City, County, and Local Government Law, Matt Newton specializes in Florida’s evolving field of state-local preemption, sovereign immunity, and the local regulation of land through planning and zoning. Matt is a meticulous researcher, and seamlessly connects his clients’ issues to regional, state, and national trends when advocating before judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals.

The unique area of local government law requires a unique style of advocacy. Matt understands that the public interest often aligns with the interests of the private sector. Matt applies his experience and training as a certified circuit civil and appellate mediator to identify these interests, and is determined to find both collaborative, creative, and economically efficient solutions whenever possible. If adversarial action becomes necessary, Matt’s unique style of written and oral advocacy enables him to explain his clients’ position in a clear, organized, and compelling manner.

Additionally, Matt understands the unique dynamics, stress, and pressures of political campaigns. Matt provides counsel to political candidates and campaign managers when presented with questions relating to Florida’s Election Code and a variety of challenges from kick-off, Election Day, the recount process, and beyond.

Finally, Matt is active and visible in and around Tampa Bay. Although a native of the Midwest, he relocated to Hillsborough County with his family as a teenager. Today, he is a Kiwanian, serves on Community Tampa Bay’s Board of Directors, is a member of Hillsborough County’s Human Relations Board, and frequently volunteers for Tampa’s Stageworks Theatre. If he is not out spending time in the community, he is likely catching up on the latest urban planning trends, or cheering for his beloved Cleveland Browns.