Matthew has a strong personal and professional interest in the environment, which is the focus of his law practice. He is a member of the Environmental and Land Use Law and the City, County and Local Government Law Sections of the Florida Bar and the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources of the American Bar Association. Matthew joined Bercow Radell Fernandez & Larkin as a summer associate in 2004 and has remained with the firm ever since.
Law was not Matthew’s original career path. He was a field inspector and code enforcement officer at Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) and was also certified as a State Visual Emissions Inspector. These close ties with environmental enforcement propelled him to law school, where he obtained valuable legal experience working as a law clerk at the United States District Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida in the Environmental Crimes Division. He also clerked in maritime law at Underwood, Karcher & Karcher and assisted the legal affairs division of Everglades National Park.
He was a member of the University of Miami Moot Court Board, Treasurer of the Bar and Gavel Society, President of the Environmental Law Society and a member of PAD and the Cardozo Legal Society. He received two Dean’s Certificates of Achievement, one in Administrative Law and one in Environmental Legal Research.
Matthew contributes a significant amount of pro-bono time to organizations in the community. On behalf of Habitat for Humanity, he obtained the necessary zoning approvals for 70-80 homes, including the sites of Habitat’s 2011 and 2012 “Blitz Builds.”
Prior to his law career, Matthew attended Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, graduating with distinction in all subjects in December 1995. He experimented in the color negative film research laboratory at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, and then became a research scientist at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products in Skillman, New Jersey. Matthew formulated and brought several new wound care products to market, including the Antibiotic Band-Aid.
Matthew is an avid long distance runner who has completed six marathons, dozens of half marathons and numerous shorter distance runs. In addition, he enjoys trail running and orienteering competitions. Matthew continues to demonstrate his commitment to the needs of our fragile ecosystem through local events, such as Biscayne Bay cleanups, and nationally through his support of environmental causes.