Matthew G. Feher

Counsel

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3307

"Serving public clients requires an understanding of more than just the law. My nearly 20 years of experience working for local government at the state and federal level allows me to help my clients navigate an increasingly complex business and political environment."

Overview

Public clients, particularly municipalities, partner with Matt to resolve sophisticated project delivery and finance issues drawing upon his extensive experience working on behalf of local government for over a decade prior to his legal career. Matt brings this practical know-how in making the legal and business decisions entailed in achieving his clients' objectives. He has helped to implement innovative solutions that uniquely serve the communities that he represents.

As a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Design & Construction and Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships groups, Matt partners with state and local governments and public authorities throughout New England in connection with the procurement, design, construction, financing and governance of water, wastewater and solid waste utilities, public building and civic projects. He acts as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and trustee counsel in connection with the issuance of tax-exempt municipal securities.

Matt is uniquely qualified to represent his clients, having advocated the interests of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns at both the state and federal levels of government as a senior lobbyist with the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) for a decade prior to practicing law. Throughout this time, he was active on legislative issues, executive branch decisions, and state-level court cases involving municipal finance, public works, transportation, public utilities, procurement, real estate development, zoning and municipal and regional administration matters. By way of example, Matt served on several task forces and commissions including the Massachusetts Legislature’s Special Commission on Public Construction Reform that restructured the state’s public construction and bidding laws, notably authorizing the use of alternative delivery of public horizontal and vertical projects including Design/Build and CM at Risk. He also served on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Highway Association Board of Government for ten years as legislative counsel.

His commitment to government extends beyond the office, as Matt is an active member of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association as both a member of the Executive Committee and chairman of the Association’s Legislative Committee. He was also invited by MMA to inform its public policy decisions through in his capacity as a member of its Standing Policy Committee on Municipal and Regional Administration. Besides local government, Matt serves in leadership roles on various trade groups involved with his profession including serving on the Standing Legal & Legislative Committee of the national chapter of the Design/Build Institute of America based in Washington DC.

A frequent speaker on the regional and national stage, Matt covers timely topics involving public project finance, public law and policy. Most recently, he provided insight to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in connection with the state’s newly enacted public-private partnership (P3) law, and provided attendees an overview of the state legislative landscape at this year’s P3 Connect Conference in Chicago hosted by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. MMA and MMLA have also relied on Matt to provide training programs on the state’s open meeting and public records laws.

Experience

Experience

  • Acted as legal counsel to the newly created Southfield Redevelopment Authority in connection with the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, including successful implementation of its Enabling Act, negotiation of state tax, financing and infrastructure improvement agreements, selection of a new master developer and advancement of redevelopment activity.
  • Assisted the town of Weymouth negotiate and enact legislation that re-ignited development activity at NAS South Weymouth and negotiated a project agreement with the master developer to enhance the town's role in the project and provide millions of dollars in direct mitigation payments.
  • Helped the city of Newport, Rhode Island comply with a state consent decree by delivering a state-of-the-art $67 million waste water treatment works facility using Design/Build, one of the first of its kind sanctioned by the state.
  • Counseled the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority in connection with a public-private partnership (P3) to improve the Newport Pell Bridge.
  • Acted as special counsel to the town of Mansfield, Connecticut in developing and negotiating a P3 water supply agreement with a private water company and University of Connecticut to supplement the water supply serving the town and the university's Storrs campus.
  • Act as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, trustee counsel and bank counsel in connection with the issuance of tax-exempt security issues throughout Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association - Robert W. Ritchie Special Achievement Award (2015)

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Standing Development Committee of Veterans Legal Services

  • Member

Memberships

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Public Records Law Update," Speaker, 2017 Annual MCLE Municipal Law Conference March 2017

"Public Access and the New Public Records Law," Panelist, WGBH and The Eye Special, January 2017

"Current Rhode Island State Legal P3 Framework," Speaker, Rhode Island Special Legislative P3 Commission, December 2016

"Permitting and Enforcement - What Local Officials and Municipalities Need to Know on State and Federal Developments under the Clean Water Act," Moderator, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association Program, December 2016

"Open Meeting and Public Records Law," Speaker, Massachusetts Selectmen's Association Annual Fall Conference, October 2016

"First Steps in the P3 Process," Speaker, Kentucky P3: Public-Private Partnerships Conference, October 2016

"P3 Bootcamp," Speaker, National Council of Public-Private Partnerships Boston Bootcamp, October 2016

"Opening the Books on the New Public Records Law," Speaker, Massachusetts Municipal Association and Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association Seminar, September 2016

"Drones: Regulation and Preemption Issues," Speaker, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association 2016 Annual Meeting, September 2016

"New Changes to the Public Records Law: Preparing Local Officials and Implementing Responsive Policies and Best Practices," Speaker, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association 2016 Annual Meeting, September 2016

"Enacted Public Records Law," Speaker, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Regional Roundtable Luncheon, July 2016

"State P3 Legislative Outlook," Speaker, P3 Connect 2016, June 2016

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

articles

"What Charter Schools Need to Know About the 2016 Public Records Law Overhaul," Burns & Levinson Schools & Colleges Update, September 2016

"Public Records Overhaul Signed Into Law," Burns & Levinson Municipal Law Update, June 2016

"Public-Private Partnerships Bridge Gaps," Banker & Tradesman, May 2016

"Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects," MMA Municipal Advocate, May 2015

"Solving the Public Works Infrastructure Funding Gap: Public-Private Partnerships," Municipal Law Quarterly, Spring 2015

quotes

"Mass. Among the Worst in U.S. For Public Records Access," Boston Globe, November 2015

"SouthField Board Okays Key Parkway Deal," Patriot Ledger, December 2014

"Lawyer on SouthField: It's Not Too Late," Patriot Ledger, December 2014

"New SouthField board on Track to Meet Deadline," Patriot Ledger, October 2014

"The Mayor's Monthly Forum," Interviewed, WETC 11, September 2014

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Matthew G. Feher
Practices
  • Projects & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships
  • Public Finance
  • Government Relations
  • Architecture & Engineering
  • Design & Construction
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
Education

J.D., New England School of Law, 2009

Admissions

Massachusetts

New York

U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

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