Matthew J. Allman

Allman Matthew

Matthew Allman focuses on securing zoning and land use approvals for developers and landowners in jurisdictions throughout Northern Virginia and in the District of Columbia. Matthew advises clients on state and federal legislation and regulations affecting real estate development and important changes to local jurisdictions' comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. He has experience representing land use applicants in public hearings before municipal bodies and community groups. Prior to joining Venable, Matthew was an associate at a Northern Virginia law firm, where he coordinated the preparation, filing, and management of land use and zoning applications in multiple jurisdictions throughout the region. 

Matthew served as a presidential management fellow and financial management analyst at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Office of Block Grant Assistance. While at HUD, Matthew assisted with the development and administration of federal community development regulations and policies. He also assisted with administrative enforcement proceedings during a rotation with the HUD Office of General Counsel.


Government Experience

  • Presidential management fellow and financial management analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development




  • J.D. magna cum laude Florida State University College of Law 2011
    • Order of the Coif
    • Staff member, Florida State University Law Review, Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, and Journal of Transnational Law & Policy
  • B.A. University of Virginia 2008
    • Jefferson Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, NAIOP Northern Virginia
  • Member, District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA)
  • Graduate, Leadership Fairfax Emerging Leaders Institute, 2020
  • Former member, Tysons Partnership Leadership Advisory Council
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation


  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021 – 2024
  • Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star, Virginia, 2018 – 2021
    • Rising Star, Washington, DC, 2018 – 2021
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary’s Award Finalist, 2014