Professional Biography

Matthew L. Rojas Partner

  • Phoenix

    D +1.602.351.8429

    F +1.602.648.7000

    Phoenix

    2901 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2000

    Phoenix, AZ 85012-2788

    +1.602.351.8429

    MLRojas@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Matthew Rojas counsels municipal and industrial clients on complex natural resource and environmental issues. Matthew’s experience includes the development of natural resources and renewable energy on public lands and Indian Country, and the acquisition, transfer and wheeling of surface and groundwater rights in the Southwest. He has managed environmental permitting and compliance work for utility and infrastructure projects such as solar and wind farms, power lines and pipelines on private, state and federal lands. Matthew also advises clients navigating issues associated with project development near traditional cultural properties and other tribal resources, including community development, operational and development agreements between tribes and third parties.

Many of Matthew’s clients operate in the mining, utility and agricultural sectors and in geographies with numerous water restrictions. In addition to his transactional due diligence counsel to project developers, Matthew advises them on how to leverage their excess water rights. He has guided clients in the sale of excess water to industrial users and for the generation of credits, helping to build resilience and flexibility into water storage and distribution systems.

Matthew has extensive litigation and regulatory experience under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). He advises clients on compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the submission of comments on environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. Experienced with negotiating compliance and enforcement matters with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Matthew has also guided clients on Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance and related state statutes.

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Ranked by Chambers USA Three Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA "America's Leading Lawyers" for Environment: Water Rights, 2019 - 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2020 - 2022: Environmental Law
  • Listed in Southwest Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star," 2014 - 2017

Professional Leadership

  • State Bar of Arizona, Environmental and Natural Resources Section Council, CLE Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Web Board, Member

Clerkships

  • Hon. Robert C. Jones, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, 2008
  • Hon. Robert C. Jones, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, 2007

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  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Education

  • The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2006
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., Geology, 2003

Languages

  • Spanish