Real Estate

Real Estate - Massachusetts


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What the team is known for A premier real estate group with a commanding national and international presence. Eminently accomplished in the full scope of commercial real estate matters, including leasing, financing and development work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"They are the best, which is why we use them over and over again."

"We like working with them. These are good lawyers." 

Work highlights Acted for Oxford Properties Group in the formation of a joint venture to acquire the $1.295 billion 27-story New York office tower, 650 Madison Avenue.

Acted for AEW Capital Management LP in relation to the acquisition of Dallas shopping center Arlington Highlands.

Notable practitioners  

John Rattigan is held in high regard by interviewees who deem him to be "extremely effective and a deal-maker," as well as noting that he is "one of those people who can simultaneously see the big picture and the details." He acted for the Fallon Company in the Fan Pier project, a new development in Boston's Seaport district.

Boston real estate chair John Sullivan is widely revered in the market and admired for his high-end private equity clients including AEW. Commentators praise his commercial awareness, noting that he "understands the importance of the business side."

Richard Rudman handles a range of real estate development and finance matters, acting for a variety of institutional investors. Sources declare him to be an "amazingly intelligent and creative attorney," with one particularly impressed individual noting: "I've seen him resolve situations others thought were unsolvable."

Elliot Surkin is a seasoned real estate practitioner, noted by peers as "top in the game." He routinely counsels developers on large-scale office and retail projects locally, as well as providing advice to international clients on overseas developments.

Significant clients Fan Pier development, Hobbs Brook Management, Charles River Realty Investors, Clarion Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

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What the team is known for Demonstrates acclaimed REIT and fund formation expertise, and is experienced in handling especially high-value matters. Advises clients in connection with real investment management and finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the best in Boston, good at complicated deal structures."

"The different teams work well together. They have well-coordinated client coverage."

Work highlights Acted for Forest City Enterprises in connection with two joint venture deals involving institutional investors and concerning eight regional shopping malls and investment in multifamily development projects.

Represented Normandy Real Estate Partners in a joint venture involving the sale of a $128 million apartment portfolio in Manhattan's East Village.  

Notable practitioners  

Michael Glazer's areas of expertise include commercial real estate financing, joint ventures and leasing. He advised Forest City Enterprises in joint venture deals. He is widely respected by sources in the Massachusetts real estate market and is singled out by a client for the good impression he has made handling equity finance in real estate transactions.

Martin Healy is a seasoned land use and zoning practitioner. He has advised on a broad range of development concerns, including representing the Massachusetts Port Authority in relation to development at Logan Airport. He receives praise from clients, who observe that he is "very personable and thorough in his research and his writing, and he does a good job of explaining complex issues."

Minta Kay continues to impress with her broad REIT and real estate capital markets practice. One admiring observer notes that she has an "ability to juggle things that makes my head hurt." She advises on hotel developments, and acted for Normandy Real Estate Partners on the acquisition, financing and restructuring of The Ames Hotel.

Lawrence Kaplan is renowned for his land use and zoning expertise, handling a range of permitting work as well as complex financings. He has represented Emerson College in a deal valued at $80 million for the development of large-scale student dormitories in Boston.

Christopher Barker is praised by sources for his problem-solving ability and well regarded for his hospitality and leisure industry-focused practice. Clients value his counsel, describing him as a "trusted sounding board." He advised Sunstone Hotel Investors in relation to its acquisition of Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

The "excellent, practical and very responsive" James Broderick continues to focus on transactional work, advising numerous institutional investors. He is described by clients as "very much a partner to the business." He acted for Boston Properties in relation to a joint venture to fund a $4 billion development for a 61-story office building on the West Coast.

Paul Schwartz is an experienced real estate investment attorney, admired for the complexity of the transactions he routinely handles. Schwartz's experience includes advising USAA Real Estate in the formation of an open-end real estate fund.

Andrew Sucoff continues to be admired by peers, who label him a "top attorney" and note he is "good at facilitating deals." He advised Phoenix-based REIT Cole Credit Property Trust II in its $7.1 billion merger with Spirit Realty Capital, and represented Kimco Realty in its $270 million acquisition of a retail portfolio of 24 properties. 

Significant clients AvalonBay Communities, BlackRock Realty Advisers, Brookfield Financial Partners, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Guggenheim Real Estate.

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What the team is known for Impresses locally with its broad spectrum of real estate capability. Engages in regional development projects for clients involved in retail, hospitality, office and residential development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"There's no such thing as a bad real estate attorney there." 

"A really good firm. They're all very well trained and good at what they do."

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Kiefer continues to be a preeminent force in development and land use work, having substantial experience representing developers in large public projects. Sources observe that he is “outstanding at moving deals forward in a very quiet but highly intelligent and highly creative manner."

Goulston’s co-managing partner Douglas Husid maintains an impressive presence in the marketplace. He is held in high regard for his development and permitting expertise and has substantial experience in advising on the permitting of large-scale projects. 

Barry Green has a broad real estate practice and acts for institutions, REITS, developers and foreign investors. Sources appreciate his perceptive approach to work, explaining that he "gets the big picture." 

Debbie Horwitz demonstrates diverse real estate talent in a range of areas including land use, permitting and development. She has substantial skill in counseling clients in matters concerning affordable housing.

The “wonderful” Raymond Kwasnick continues to impress as a leasing expert, with a diverse client base ranging from real estate developers to telecommunications companies. Observers note he has significant prominence in handling landlord-side work for large organizations.

Frank Litwin is regarded by interviewees as someone who is "very capable, practical, and does a really good deal." He is adept at handling commercial real estate transactions including leasing, financing, and acquisitions and dispositions.

Alan Rottenberg is a seasoned leader in the field, esteemed for his diverse experience in a broad spectrum of real estate matters. 

Jordan Krasnow continues to be a much-admired member of Boston’s real estate Bar. He is considered a veteran in development, acquisition and disposition work.

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What the team is known for Offers comprehensive real estate expertise to a diverse client base across the Greater Boston and New England area. Commended for its land use, transactional and development work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very high level of service, very responsive, insightful. A fabulous balance of providing legal opinion and also general counsel."

"Excellent service. They're good at crystallizing the issues." 

Notable practitioners  

Robert Fishman is a distinguished practitioner, renowned for his development work and considered by peers to be “preeminent in land use.” His acclaimed practice incorporates all facets of permitting and zoning. 

Beth Mitchell is lauded by sources as a “very sophisticated lending and development lawyer.” She has substantial expertise in handling complex real estate transactions. One impressed client remarked that “she's technically very good and I trust her expertise in general real estate issues. She's a pro."

Michael Zabowsky continues to work on a variety of transactions, including acquisitions, leases and workouts, involving projects ranging from office buildings to shopping centers and residential properties. Clients affirm that he is a "real standout" attorney.

The “very responsive and very skilled” Paul Ayoub maintains a diverse practice acting for banks and insurance companies. One client enthusiastically exclaimed that he is "fabulous to work with and proactive."

Significant clients Sovereign Bank, Connecticut General Life Insurance, Partners Healthcare System, RREEF, City of Quincy.

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What the team is known for Continues to engage in sophisticated real estate transactional and investment work, with a strong corporate element. Distinguished international platform of private equity expertise, attracting high-end investment management clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're extremely effective - one of the best groups I've worked with."

"They're excellent. These folks always work very hard, and they have assembled a good team to handle the matters that come in, often with very short timeframes."

Work highlights Advised Kohlberg & Company in connection to real estate elements of its proposed acquisition of Steinway Musical Instruments.

Acted for AstraZeneca's subsidiary, Stauffer Management, defending natural resource damage claims connected with its Woburn-located Superfund site.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly competent" Walter McCabe offers comprehensive real estate investment and financing guidance. Clients single him out for his effective negotiating skills, and extol him as an "incredibly deep thinker and incredibly detail-focused, particularly in difficult transactions, which is a huge asset."

Richard Gordet is revered by sources for being "very hard-working, incredibly bright and a strategic thinker." He has represented numerous higher education institutions in real estate transactions. Clients appreciate his concern for their needs, with one noting that he "cares deeply about the organization, and is always looking out for our best interests."

The "incredibly quick and thoughtful" Marc Lazar is making waves in the marketplace and impressing peers with his real estate financing and investment expertise. He has handled work for Kohlberg & Company and is praised by clients for being "incredibly commercial - he gets to the point quickly and is good at looking two steps ahead."

Significant clients Bain Capital, Davis Street Properties, Novavax, PIMCO, Strategic Value Partners.

Band 2 | WilmerHale

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What the team is known for Demonstrates diverse real estate expertise. Recognized leaders in assisting with senior living developments, in addition to significant experience in advising clients within the retail and life sciences industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The real estate team are some of the brightest and best attorneys I've dealt with in my career."

"WilmerHale is extremely detail-oriented while also focusing on the bigger picture objective."

Work highlights Advised TripAdvisor in a major lease and development transaction for a new headquarters in Needham.

Acted for Eaton Vance Capital Management in connection with various multifamily housing projects in Colorado, Texas and Florida, handling acquisitions and financings totaling $162 million. 

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Katharine Bachman is considered by her peers to be "very good, very strong and very matter-of-fact." She has represented Trinity Financial in a number of urban redevelopment projects, including Boston's 310-unit residential development, One Canal. Her focus areas include matters concerning affordable housing and life sciences projects.

William O'Reilly is deemed "fantastic on large projects" by peers. He demonstrates wide-ranging skill in real estate matters. Recent work includes acting for the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in the development of a new 500,000 sq ft Cambridge-based facility.

Sean Boulger continues to distinguish himself as an expert in the field of senior living, with additional expertise in the retail and industrial sectors. He has handled a number of financings of multifamily housing projects on behalf of Eaton Vance Management.

Practice chair Paul Jakubowski handles a variety of high-profile transactions and development projects. He led the group in representing TripAdvisor in its lease of a new headquarters site. He offers comprehensive real estate expertise to a diverse range of clients, including foreign investors in the US market.

Significant clients Alexandria Real Estate Equities, AEW Capital Management, Carpenter & Company, Trinity Financial, Novartis.

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What the team is known for Caters to a wide range of real estate needs, including leasing, financing and disposal of loan portfolios. Has particular expertise in telecommunications and large-scale projects, including the development of former military facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've done an outstanding job. They're really top-notch - very responsive and very strategic." 

"Consistently excellent. Their response times and turnaround times have been great."

Work highlights Acted for BioMed Realty Trust in connection with Kendall Square Development, a large-scale mixed-use project in Cambridge worth in excess of $100 million.

Advised Footprint Power in relation to the acquisition and development of Salem Harbor Power Station, a landmark project involving the transformation of a coal power plant into a natural gas facility.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Laudano impresses sources with his finance-focused real estate work. He has advised Target in its acquisition and development of a 'City Target' next to Boston's Fenway Park. Clients value his ability to "synthesize the issues in a concise and succinct manner and guide us in evaluating our options."

Clients describe department head Thomas Phillips as “engaged and responsive,” with one individual noting that he “learned our business quickly.” He has acted for MGM Resorts International in relation to the development of a Massachusetts-based casino.

Significant clients Revel Group, LNR Property, Divco West Real Estate Services, Ulta Beauty, Target.

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What the team is known for Well regarded for its commercial leasing and land use expertise. Proficient in development work, including in the hotel and hi-tech industries. Has broad-ranging real estate expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're experienced and knowledgeable. They've been pretty creative and innovative whenever we encounter something new."

"I really like working with Holland & Knight because they have a very diverse talent pool."

Work highlights Represented in the $168.5 million acquisition of a 29-acre, 11-building property, which was originally used as an arms manufacturing plant for the US Army, from Harvard College.

Acted for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company as lender in a $118 million financing for the conversion of Minneapolis's Pillsbury A-Mill - a site considered endangered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation - into an artist community project of affordable housing and studio space.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly talented" Philip Lapatin continues to dazzle with his leasing prowess, with particular experience in handling office tower properties. Peers describe him as "efficient, effective and knowledgeable," while clients value his ability to cut straight to the point: "He gives you a very quick, practical, bottom-line set of suggestions."

Philip Notopoulos handles a diverse array of real estate matters, recently advising Westport Advisors on the sale of a Florida continuing care retirement community property. Notopoulos is admired for his impressive technical ability, and clients observe: "He is experienced and knowledgeable, and that helps transactions run smoothly."

Significant clients Boston Architectural College, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, CSX Transportation, SunTrust Community Capital, Casual Male.

Band 3 | Locke Lord LLP

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What the team is known for A well-regarded and comprehensive service provider, with skill in development work. Has distinguished experience across the affordable housing, industrial, education, and hotel and leisure sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Timely, very attentive, responsive and open to accommodating changes in direction."

"Terrific lawyers. They're very smart, very responsive and I think the rates are reasonable." 

Work highlights Represented New Boston Fund/Asian Community Development in the development of a $104 million, 312-unit residential tower in Boston's Chinatown.

Acted for Commonwealth Ventures in multiple matters relating to the transformation of a 50,000 sq ft historic building into office and green-tech space.

Notable practitioners  

The "amazing" Rebecca Lee maintains a broad real estate practice, with particular proficiency in permitting and land use work. Contemporaries regard her as a "very smart and hard-working lawyer," and she receives praise for her dedication to protecting her clients' interests.

Lorne McDougall has a wealth of experience handling complex real estate transactions and financings. He acts for developers, lenders and investors across a broad spectrum of development matters.

Dave Rodgers has impressed observers, who consider him to be “completely knowledgeable in all areas of real estate.” He handles complex transactions and construction contracts. His clients deem him a "terrific lawyer; very methodical, very organized,” with one noting: “Nothing falls through the cracks with him."

Significant clients Commonwealth Ventures, Ares Management, Skanska Commercial Development, City of Revere.

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What the team is known for Renowned for local development work, acquisition financing and capability in handling high-profile, large-scale projects. Offers deep regional knowledge and expertise in real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do an excellent job in a cost-effective manner."

"They have the strength of bench and depth of expertise that transcends real estate."

Work highlights Represented Colony Realty Partners in numerous financings, acquisitions and dispositions totaling in excess of $640 million.

Acted for Forest Properties relating to a complex $95 million recapitalization of a real estate joint venture, involving more than 800 residential apartment units owned by four subsidiaries. 

Notable practitioners  

The "very experienced" Andrew Urban has great expertise in real estate finance, acquisition and development, and is highlighted by clients as a "very effective and skilled negotiator and problem solver." Urban has recently advised CVS Caremark on numerous sale and leaseback transactions concerning the company's properties across the USA.

Department head Dan Gaquin handles a broad range of real estate transactions and is held in high regard for his involvement in development work. Sources affirm him to be "incredibly knowledgeable," as well as "able to negotiate and work well."

Eric Freeman maintains a wide-ranging general real estate practice, with noted transactional expertise in handling financings, acquisitions and dispositions. Freeman's recent work includes advising Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in relation to real estate and title matters connected to a $60 million bond financing.

Significant clients CVS Caremark, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Boston Properties, Wells Fargo, Wynn Resorts.

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What the team is known for Market leaders in affordable housing, offering in-depth expertise in government-funded development and tax credit financing. Substantial range of real estate services and experience in the development of healthcare facilities. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The real estate group is a top-notch group of professionals."

"A good, strong firm. We've been happy working with them." 

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Lynch focuses his talents on office and retail leasing as well as acquisitions and dispositions of mixed-use and office properties. Peers praise Lynch’s approach, admiring that "he doesn't over-lawyer."

Managing partner Andrew Glincher is a commanding presence in the field, with a depth of real estate knowledge. Glincher has significant experience in advising clients in connection with a wide range of real estate asset classes, from retail developments to senior living facilities.

The “phenomenal” Paul Bouton is leader of the real estate practice and has extensive expertise in the area of affordable housing. Bouton is lauded by interviewees for having "a great demeanor in dealing with sensitive issues with the attorneys on the other side of the table” and is valued as “a consensus builder" in negotiations.

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At Foley & Lardner LLP, Andrew Stern has notable expertise in national office and retail leasing. He has a strong base of commercial clients with extensive experience in advising construction companies.

Christopher Milton of Greenberg Traurig, LLP has a fantastic reputation for his real estate work, as well as an impressive array of clients who regard him as "extraordinarily professional and very knowledgeable." He advised Hard Rock International in its efforts to locate a proposed $800 million casino resort in West Springfield.

Scott Cooper of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP continues to represent a range of lenders in real estate financing transactions. He is held in high esteem by his clients, with one remarking that he is a "thoughtful attorney, who is price-sensitive, does good work and knows his business."

At McCarter & English, LLP, Cynthia Keliher is deemed "outstanding" by her peers, and has acted for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Massachusetts Port Authority in connection with numerous ground and air lease matters. Clients admire her for her responsiveness, and note her "incredible recall and understanding of very, very complex leases."

Richard Toelke recently joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP from Bingham McCutchen LLP  and is admired for his expertise in the multifamily space. While at Bingham, he advised the Berkshire Group in relation to the financing and acquisition of the California-based Ivy Hill Apartments, a 116-unit multifamily property.

Deirdre Robinson of Murtha Cullina LLP has expertise in development and affordable housing matters. Robinson's recent work includes advising Boott Mill Developer and Winn Development in connection with the $36 million acquisition and conversion of a historic mill building into residential and commercial condominiums.

At Riemer & Braunstein LLP, Steven Weinstein represents lenders in real estate transactions on a national and regional level. Market sources praise Weinstein as "really helpful and cost-effective."

The "terrific" Brian Blaesser of Robinson & Cole LLP demonstrates distinguished land use and development expertise. He has handled permitting work associated with solar development projects on behalf of Fortress Investment Group. Sources observe that he is "very responsive and knowledgeable at the state and local level in Massachusetts."

Carla Moynihan of Robinson & Cole LLP has a multifaceted real estate practice, and is hailed by admirers as "a woman of unlimited energy and tremendous talent." She has counseled Distinctive Hospitality Group in relation to the refinancing of a commercial mortgage-backed security loan corresponding to its hotel portfolio.

Andrew Pearlstein of Seyfarth Shaw LLP continues to impress with his real estate transaction-focused practice. Clients note: "He's very available and quite responsive" and value him as "good to deal with directly and also very effective in using the resources of his firm." His client base includes a range of financial institutions, owners and developers.

Head of department at Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Peter Friedenberg has significant experience in acting for a range of clients, including the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, in real estate transactions, such as the negotiation of long leases.

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