Andrea A. Matarazzo

DAVIS, JD, 1995

(916) 287-9500
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Andrea Matarazzo is a founding partner of Pioneer Law Group, LLP, bringing to the firm over 20 years of professional experience in the land use arena. Andrea’s practice focuses on land use law and related environmental issues in California and the western United States. She assists developers, business owners, and public agencies in all aspects of project permitting and entitlements, environmental compliance, and litigation, particularly in connection with environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Her practice includes planning and zoning law, endangered species regulations, air quality, water supply and water quality mandates, wetlands, and other regulatory requirements.

Andrea has extensive experience litigating CEQA and NEPA matters as well as planning and land use disputes. As a recent example, she represented the team owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings in defeating all CEQA challenges to the City of Sacramento’s new downtown arena and entertainment complex. Two highly favorable published opinions resulted, including the Court of Appeal’s first decision concerning constitutionality of project-specific CEQA streamlining statutes, setting valuable precedent for other projects.

Andrea is a member of the California and Washington State Bar Associations, and is an active member of the Sacramento community. She has taught land use planning law as an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and served on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. She holds a bachelor’s degree in land use planning and is a California Registered Landscape Architect.


  • Saltonstall v. City of Sacramento
    (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 549

  • Saltonstall v. City of Sacramento
    (2014) 231 Cal.App.4th 837

  • North Coast Rivers Alliance v. Westlands Water District
    (2014) 227 Cal.App.4th 832

  • Kern County Water Agency v. Watershed Enforcers
    (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 969

  • California American Water v. City of Seaside
    (2010) 183 Cal.App.4th 471

  • Neighbors in Support of Appropriate Land Use v. County of Tuolumne
    (2007) 157 Cal.App.4th 997

  • Eureka Citizens for Responsible Government v. City of Eureka
    (2007) 147 Cal.App.4th 357

  • People ex rel. Department of Conservation v. El Dorado County
    (2005) 36 Cal.4th 971

  • County of El Dorado v. Department of Transportation
    (2005) 133 Cal.App.4th 1376

  • Border Power Plant Working Group v. Department of Energy
    (2003) 260 F.Supp.2d 997

  • Riverwatch v. County of San Diego
    (1999) 76 Cal.App.4th 1428


  • Water Council, U.S. Conference of Mayors: Meeting the Water Supply Challenge and California’s “Show me the Water” Laws (October 2010)

  • California Water Quality and Its Impact on Water Supply: Addressing Water Supply Issues Under CEQA (July 2010)

  • 2009 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite: CEQA Update (October 2009)

  • Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA): Overcoming Water Supply Uncertainty in Land-Use Planning (May 2009)

  • Advanced CEQA Workshop: Critical Issues Update (June 2008)

  • Wetlands Regulations: A Primer for Real Estate Attorneys (February 2007)

  • Tools for Understanding CEQA (2005-2006)

  • Legally Defensible Environmental Review Under CEQA (May 2004)

  • California Land Use: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation, and Zoning Law (2001-2004)

  • Advanced Zoning and Land Use in California (April 2004)

  • Administration and Enforcement of Wetlands and Endangered Species Regulations (March 2004)


  • California Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Sierra Chapter
  • American Planning Association, California Chapter (Conference Steering Committee, 2001)

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