Hamline University, J.D., Magna Cum Laude

St. Cloud State University, B.A., Honor Roll 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit 
Matthew A. Slaven
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Matt is a Chambers and Partners-ranked construction attorney and shareholder in the firm’s real estate section. Matt previously served on Briggs’ board of directors. Matt rejoined Briggs in 2019 after serving as an interim assistant city attorney with the Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office responsible for the redevelopment of the Ford Motor Company Twin Cities Assembly Plant site in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Matt practices principally in the areas of:

  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Real Estate Development
  • Construction Law
  • Public Utilities & Essential Services
  • Agricultural Facilities
  • Solid Waste Management Facilities
  • Environmental Review & Regulatory Matters
  • Sports & Stadiums

With a diverse background and experience with development, environmental and construction matters, Matt represented the Minnesota Vikings in connection with the design, development, construction and operation of U.S. Bank Stadium, the largest public/private project ever completed in Minnesota.  He also represented the Minnesota Children's Museum with the renovation and reconfiguration of its iconic St. Paul, Minnesota location.

Matt focuses his land use practice on environmental, zoning and permitting issues affecting industrial, commercial and residential development. In conjunction with his administrative law and land use practices, Matt regularly represents public utilities with the permitting and siting of power plant facilities, electric transmission lines and substations in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  He also represents governmental and quasi-governmental units in connection with zoning and public procurement issues.  He has also represented a number of national and local solid waste management companies in litigation and administrative proceedings, as well as legislative policy development, environmental review and tax proceedings.

With twenty years of experience in complex litigation, arbitration and transactional matters, Matt helps national and local developers, lenders, contractors and design professionals with contract negotiations, construction claim administration, insurance coverage and surety issues. He also serves as a business consultant for contractor and design professional clients and regularly assists with regulatory compliance and licensing issues across the country.

Matt’s telecommunications practice is focused on federal universal service and interconnection matters. Matt has represented numerous national and regional wireless telecommunications carriers in federal court proceedings, before the FCC and before more than twenty state regulatory agencies.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Construction
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Litigation - Real Estate
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Minnesota Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, Construction Section Council