Matthew Mcclure
Matthew McClure

Matthew N. McClure

Tel 215.864.8771
Fax 215.864.8999

Matthew N. McClure is Team Leader of the firm's Zoning and Land Use Team. He counsels developers, nonprofits, and universities on a full range of real estate matters. His practice heavily emphasizes development, land use, zoning, and historic preservation matters.

Before joining the firm, Mr. McClure handled media relations for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and worked in the Office of then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell. 

Appellate Decisions

  • Piper Group, Inc. v. Bedminster Township, 30 A.3d 1083 (2011) (upholding a township's agricultural soils ordinance and reconciling the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code's procedures for fashioning site specific relief with the Court's broad principles set forth in the landmark Casey v. Warwick Township Zoning Hearing Board decision)
  • Turchi v. Philadelphia Board of License and Inspection Review, 20 A.3d 586 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2011) (upholding the Philadelphia Historical Commission's decision approving a 16-story addition to former Mayor Richardson Dilworth's home and confirming that the Commission's decisions are entitled to deference even in a de novo appeal to the Philadelphia Board of License and Inspection Review)
  • Arter v. Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment, 916 A.2d 1222 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2007) (holding that the construction of a funeral home and crematorium is not permitted as either an accessory use or a modernization of a legally non-conforming cemetery use)
  • Berger & Montague, P.C. v. Philadelphia Historical Commission, 898 A.2d 1 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2006) (upholding the Philadelphia Historical Commission's decision approving a mid-rise residential condominium project in a local historic district and holding that a direct appeal of a Historical Commission decision to the Court of Common Pleas pursuant to the Pennsylvania Local Agency Law must be filed within 30 calendar days of the decision, regardless of appellant's knowledge of such decision)
  • One Meridian Partners, LLP v. Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment, 867 A.2d 706 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2005) (reversed the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment's massive variance of gross floor area requirements on the basis that certain dimensional relief is beyond the statutory authority of a zoning board)
  • SCRUB v. Keystone Outdoor Advertising, No. 131 C.D. 2001 (Pa. Cmwlth Ct. Mar.15, 2002) (sustained use variances for eight non-accessory advertising signs on public property)  

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation, Land Use Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Legal 500 US, real estate and construction – land use/zoning, 2015

Selected to Philadelphia District Attorney-elect Seth Williams' Transition Team, December 2009

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, real estate law, 2009-2015

Inductee, Lambda Alpha International, honor society for advancement of land economics, 2006

Recipient, "40 Under 40" award, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2006

Recipient, "101 Emerging Connectors" award for Greater Philadelphia area, Leadership Philadelphia


"Working Through the Static: Is There Anything Left to Local Control In the Siting of Cellular and PCS Towers After the Telecommunication Act of 1996?" 44 Vill. L. Rev. 781, 1999, reprinted in Deborah Mans, 2000 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook 797-829

Speaking Engagements

"New Philadelphia Storm Water Regulations: A Last Chance Brush Up," Ballard Spahr breakfast briefing, June 30, 2015 

"Understanding Philadelphia Zoning: An Overview of the Zoning Code in an Ever-Changing Philadelphia," Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE, March 24, 2015

"Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP): Fact or Fiction?" Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 18th Annual Real Estate Institute, December 5, 2014

"Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Zoning and Code Compliance Standards for Multifamily Underwriting," presentation to PNC Real Estate Multifamily Agency Underwriters, November 4, 2014

"Demolition of Structures in Philadelphia: Recent Regulations and Practice Tips," Ballard Spahr breakfast briefing, Philadelphia, October 30, 2014

Faculty, "Land Use and Public/Private Initiatives: Will It to Work," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Solving Legal Issues Across the Life Cycle of the Successful Real Estate Development Project, Philadelphia, April 28, 2014

Panelist, "Beyond Zoning: Philadelphia's Other New Land Use Regulations Philadelphia's Other New Land Use Regulations," Ballard Spahr briefing, Philadelphia, October 15, 2013

Panelist, "One Year Later, Implementation of Philadelphia's New Zoning Code," Ballard Spahr briefing, Philadelphia, September 17, 2013

Panelist, "Progressive Thinkers Forum: Actual Value Initiative," Young Involved Philadelphia program, March 26, 2013

"Civic Design Review and the Role of Registered Community Organizations under the New Philadelphia Zoning Code," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 16th Annual Real Estate Institute, Philadelphia, December 6, 2012

"The New Zoning Code: Big Topics for the Higher Education Governmental Affairs Professional," GPCC's Higher Education Governmental Affairs Committee, September 28, 2012

Moderator, Philadelphia Student Housing & Higher Education Summit, Philadelphia, July 31, 2012

"Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) & Civic Design Review," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Overview of the New Philadelphia Zoning Code, Philadelphia, June 4, 2012

"Me, A Lobbyist? Philadelphia's New Lobbying Ordinance and What It Means for Nonprofits," Ballard Spahr seminar, May 31, 2012

Panelist, "The New Philadelphia Zoning Code: Uses, Overlay Districts, and Parking Standards and Controls," Ballard Spahr seminar, April 18, 2012

"Update on the Law of Historic Preservation," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Historic Preservation Law CLE, Philadelphia, April 16, 2012

Faculty, "Philadelphia's New Lobbying Ordinance: What Lawyers and Their Clients Doing Business with the City Need To Know," Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association CLE, March 28, 2012

Panelist, "The New Philadelphia Zoning Code: Dimensional Standards, Reviewers and Approvals, and Civic Design Review," Ballard Spahr seminar, March 21, 2012

Presenter and planner, "Philadelphia Historic Preservation Law," a Ballard Spahr CLE course, Philadelphia, November 16, 2011

"Zoning in Philadelphia," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 14, 2010

"Preparing for the Turnaround: Preserving Land-Use Entitlements in a Challenging Market," a Ballard Spahr seminar, June 16, 2010

Presenter, "The Real Estate Development Transaction: Retail Projects," Philadelphia Bar Institute, March 6, 2008

Panelist, "Navigating Through the Maze: Helping Real Estate Clients Steer Through the City of Philadelphia's Approval Process," Philadelphia Bar Institute, December 2007

Community Activities

Democratic Committeeperson for his neighborhood

Board Memberships

East Falls Development Corporation, Chair

3rd Century Initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Council member

Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center, past board member

Green Woods Charter School, past board member

Need In Deed, past board member

Young America PAC, past board member

Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1999, magna cum laude)
Staff Writer, Villanova Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

Loyola College (B.A. 1994, magna cum laude)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Diploma, 1993)

New Jersey