Matthew J. McHugh

Located in

Philadelphia, PA

“I try to be a problem solver, not a problem creator.”

- Matthew J. McHugh

“I try to be a problem solver, not a problem creator.”

- Matthew J. McHugh

Matt is an attorney in the Business & Finance Department and a member of Obermayer’s Land Use & Zoning Group. He focuses his practice on public finance, real estate, land use/zoning, and general corporate matters.

Matt is thorough and efficient in his identification of potential issues in a transaction or zoning/land development approval. When a concern is found, he combines his connections and experience to decide on a course of action that will best meet his client’s goals. While hurdles are inevitable, his commitment and availability to his clients is unwavering.

In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams.

Matt has represented numerous local government units, including townships, boroughs and municipal authorities in a wide array of public finance matters. He assists clients in the issuance and modification of tax exempt obligations including general obligation notes, tax and revenue anticipation notes, and the issuance and refunding of bond issues. Matt also has extensive experience with respect to real estate acquisition, financing and development and has appeared regularly before various zoning hearing boards and governing bodies as part of the zoning and subdivision and land development approval process. He also focuses his practice on general corporate matters, including the sale and acquisition of businesses.

Some of Matt’s notable cases include:

  • Serving as note counsel, bond counsel and underwriters counsel in connection with the issuance of general obligation and guaranteed revenue bonds and notes by various boroughs, townships, municipal authorities and other public entities;
  • Serving as Solicitor to Lower Southampton Township Zoning Hearing Board since 2012;
  • Serving as special counsel to various municipalities in connection with significant sewer and land development issues;
  • Representing developers of real estate in connection with obtaining requisite zoning, subdivision and land development approvals and other required federal, state and local permits (examples include grocery stores, hotels, shopping centers and self-storage facilities); and
  • Successfully prosecuting and/or defending appeals of zoning and land use approvals/denials on behalf of real estate developers.

Prior to joining the firm, Matt was an attorney at another Pennsylvania law firm, in their corporate and municipal departments. Prior to this, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. C. Theodore Fritsch, Jr. in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.

Recognized by his peers for his work, Matt was named to the list of “Pennsylvania Rising Stars” in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters which recognizes only 2.5% of attorneys.

Matt is a member and has served on the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Bar Association and is a former Chair and Executive Board member of the Young Lawyers’ Division of that organization. Matt is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association.

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