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Matthew F Chalmers

Matthew F Chalmers

CEO and Founder, Birch Citadel: Safeguarding a Brighter Future For Us All
  • Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, Gov & Administrative Law ...
  • California
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Birch Citadel CEO and founder Matt Chalmers is a seasoned environmental attorney with over seven years of experience practicing at the forefront of climate change and energy law and policy, administrative law, CEQA, NEPA, land use planning, and permitting.

Experience: From 2014 to 2023, Matt served as an attorney for seven years with the California Energy Commission as well as in technical and policy advisor capacities. He was the lead attorney on numerous aggressive and high-profile energy efficiency rulemakings such as California's 2019 and 2022 Energy Codes, which implemented first-in-the-nation requirements that most new construction in California be built with solar panels and, in some cases, batteries. In addition to saving consumers and businesses billions of dollars, these regulations also reduced millions of tons of carbon emissions and were projected to save thousands of lives annually. During this time, Matt served as in-house legal counsel for the State of California and worked on over a dozen diverse areas of law, with a focus on energy and the environment.

Education: While studying at Stanford University, Matt had the opportunity to study and work under numerous IPCC WG2 Nobel Laureates, and was invited to be a Phi Beta Kappa speaker in 2012. After graduating, Matt was asked to return to help develop curriculum for the Stanford Woods Institute as an academic consultant. Following this, Matt went on to earn his J.D. from U.C. Davis School of Law, named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which is known for its environmental, public service, intellectual property, and international law programs. Matt completed rigorous courses of study in each, and received an Environmental Law Certificate as well as Witkin Awards in both Climate and Energy Law.

Practice Areas
Environmental Law
Intellectual Property
Gov & Administrative Law
Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Additional Practice Areas
  • Climate Change Law & Policy
  • Energy Law & Policy
  • Renewables & Power Transmission
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 309306
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Professional Experience
CEO and Founder
Birch Citadel
- Current
Senior Counsel
California Energy Commission
University of California, Davis, School of Law
J.D. (2015)
Honors: Environmental Law Certificate Witkin Award, Climate Law Witkin Award, Energy Law
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Stanford University
B.A. (2012) | Political Science
Honors: Speaker, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
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Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for Climate Change Law and Policy
Witkin Legal Institute
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for Energy Law
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Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 309306
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Energy Bar Association
- Current
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California Lawyers Association
Environmental Law Section
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Birch Citadel
103 Cardini Ln
Lincoln, CA 95648
Telephone: (916) 272-1410