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Matthew R. Hull


Matt Hull is a Pender & Coward shareholder focusing his practice on eminent domain, right of way, and uniform relocation act matters, local government, and waterfront property law.  Matt represents government and business clients in litigation matters in both state and federal courts. 

Matt regularly represents condemning authorities in eminent domain cases and inverse condemnation claims, and he defends governmental clients against personal injury suits and  challenges to administrative agency decisions.  He has also represented business clients in land disputes and contract actions. Prior to entering private practice, Matt worked in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia where he represented the Virginia Marine Resources Commission on matters affecting waterfront property owners and other users of the state’s marine resources.

  • Defended a state agency against claims brought by property owners claiming that the agency had unlawfully seized their privately-owned submerged land.
  • Represented the Commonwealth of Virginia and its consumers in a multistate federal antitrust trial alleging price fixing in the publishing industry.
  • Secured a ruling from the Court of Appeals of Virginia holding that those challenging the Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s decision to lease certain submerged lands for oyster propagation lacked standing to bring the challenge.
  • Successfully defended a locality from inverse condemnation liability before the Virginia Supreme Court.
  • International Right of Way Association
  • Portsmouth Division of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Coastal Virginia's Top Lawyers, Eminent Domain, 2024
  • University of Richmond School of Law J. Westwood Smithers Medal for Highest Cumulative Graduating GPA, 2010
  • Tidewater Chapter of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Board of Directors
Matthew R. Hull Shareholder Pender & Coward, P.C. Phone / Fax: (757) 502-7330,0.50229357798165142&width=350&height=274&rnd=133342424088600000&format=webp&quality=80