Real Estate

Real Estate - Massachusetts


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What the team is known for Stellar practice, well versed in the full spectrum of commercial real estate transactions. Particularly renowned for its expertise in complex, high-value deals on behalf of leading developers and investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"With their responsiveness and attention, it feels as if they're in-house counsel."

"A team of very good people - it's hard to find anybody who's not top-shelf there! No matter what the real estate issue might be, they've got somebody with great substantive knowledge.”

Work highlights Handled all aspects of the billion-dollar development of the NorthPoint project on behalf of HYM Investment Group.

Advised Millennium Partners over its plan to build a large residential block and an office and retail development in downtown Boston.

Notable practitioners  

The "spectacular" Bryan Connolly is highly thought of, with clients praising him as "totally on the ball." One source reports: "He really understands the business we're in. He has the clients' best interests in mind,” adding that: "He aggressively fights for the clients' best interests.”

"Excellent attorney" John Rattigan is often called upon to advise clients in some of the most high-profile real estate development projects and acquisitions. Interviewees comment: "He does a really good job of putting himself in the client's position and really helps facilitate the transaction."

Real estate development and financing attorney Richard Rudman is considered to be "very good at cutting through the legal analysis to the real world analysis, sorting over perceived risks to real ones.”

Boston real estate team chair John Sullivan is a prominent real estate practitioner, with a particular focus on representing investment advisers and pension plans. Sources say he is "very even tempered, persuasive when needed and easy to work with."

Significant clients The Fallon Company, EF Education First, Natixis Global Asset Management, Charles River Realty, Bain & Company.

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What the team is known for A deep bench of highly capable practitioners. Extremely well respected for its exceptional capital markets and real estate financing expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have bench strength across the firm. It doesn’t matter who you're dealing with, they're practical and business minded.”

“They're terrific. Leaders and experts at what they do.”

Work highlights Counseled property investors Boston Properties in connection with the sale of its $1.5 billion interest in several office towers in Massachusetts and Manhattan.

Handled Kimco Realty's acquisition of numerous retail properties in Boston and throughout New England.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Glazer has built up a highly rated financing practice, with experience counseling real estate funds and investors, including tax-exempt investors. A client comments that "besides being a smart lawyer, he brings a business and practical side too"

The highly regarded James Broderick offers comprehensive real estate coverage, including financing and debt restructuring as well as real estate transactions and land use issues.

The excellent Christopher Barker is chair of the firm's hospitality and leisure team as well as a major figure in the real estate capital markets group. His clients include leading hotels and hospitality establishments.

Of counsel Lawrence Kaplan has built up a fine reputation from his years of experience facilitating the permitting procedures for real estate proprietors and developers.

Sources speak admiringly of the "fantasticMinta Kay, and describe her as "a superb negotiator - she always gets good results." Her strengths include acquisitions and joint venture structuring.

Real estate development and permitting team head Martin Healy is well respected for his expertise in managing the permitting and due diligence of real estate transactions.

Diane McCabe is noted for her strong structured financing and development practice. "She is extremely focused and works tirelessly to achieve my business goals," a delighted client reports.

Andrew Sucoff is head of the firm's Boston office and is praised for being "great to work with, knowledgeable, and understands how to get a deal done." He has particular expertise in REIT matters.

"Brilliant lawyerPaul Schwartz is adept within the real estate investment space, including the formation and restructuring of real estate funds.

Significant clients AEW Capital Management, Brookfield Financial Partners, Rockwood Capital, BlackRock Realty Advisors, HEI Hospitality.

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What the team is known for A real estate powerhouse, renowned especially for its development expertise. Notable for handling some of the biggest projects shaping the Boston skyline.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very good, responsive and very thoughtful. Very current on the latest rules and regulations.”

"They do an excellent job. Whether drafting documents or advising us on special transactions, they are outstanding.”

Notable practitioners  

Debbie Horwitz "does a fantastic job" across her many areas of expertise, which include real estate development, acquisition and disposition, as well as financing. Sources also reserve praise for her "tenacious" and "very effective" approach to matters.

The "excellent" Matthew Kiefer is particularly adept in the land use space and is much sought after for his expertise in obtaining site control and approvals from public agencies on a range of projects, including complex mixed use and affordable housing developments.

Co-managing director Douglas Husid enjoys a fine reputation for his land use work. "He provides very wise counsel and is politically well tuned and very astute,” comments one source, while another says: "He is knowledgeable and superb in the public approvals world."

Raymond Kwasnick possesses considerable experience in real estate financing, management and construction. Observers note that he is "very smart and works incredibly hard."

Jordan Krasnow has years of experience acting for real estate investors and financial institutions across a multitude of complex property and financing transactions.

Frank Litwin's practice spans the full range of leasing, acquisitions and financing for an impressive roster of clients.

Alan Rottenberg has built up a fine reputation for providing dedicated property and broader commercial advice to REITs, developers, investors and nonprofit organizations.

Barry Green works on a diverse range of real estate transactions, including joint ventures. He is also involved in the firm's real estate capital markets focus.

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What the team is known for A well-respected choice for investors, lenders and government organizations from around the country. Key areas of expertise include leasing, entity formation, conveyancing and a growing permitting focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very responsive, knowledgeable and nice to work with." 

“All of their attorneys are detail-oriented and good in negotiations."

Work highlights Handled Boston Properties' $30 million sale of a number of Burlington-based buildings.

Completed the permitting procedure for a planned office, retail and fitness complex on behalf of Federal Realty Investment Trust.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantasticPaul Ayoub continues to be a well-known name in the local real estate market and is particularly noted for his adroit handling of financing matters.

Land use, permitting and development practice chair Robert Fishman is praised by one source for his “very detail-oriented” approach to matters, while another commentator says: "He really understands the law and will always give a thoughtful and correct answer.”

Beth Mitchell is renowned for representing lenders, and cochairs the commercial finance team within the firm's real estate department. Clients particularly value her "very careful and protective" approach.

Michael Zabowsky is noted for his advice to clients on a range of transactional and development matters in the state and around the rest of the country.

Significant clients National Development Associates of New England, Hebrew SeniorLife, City of Quincy, Skanska Commercial Development USA, Santander.

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What the team is known for Superb group, well equipped to handle all manner of corporate real estate work. Maintains an excellent reputation for funding and investment matters, and is also recognized for its expertise in environmental issues arising from real estate transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Our experience has been excellent. We highly value the firm’s responsiveness, market awareness and creativity."

"Good technical skills, responsive, and accessible." 

Work highlights Acted for a joint venture, consisting of Abrams Capital and Amerimar Enterprises, in their $200 million acquisition of the telecommunications facilities at 401 North Broad Street.

Assisted with the refinancing of the Hudson Hotel in New York and the Delano South Beach Hotel, for Morgans Hotel Group.

Notable practitioners  

Jack Creedon is noted for his impressive real estate transactional practice. He is characterized as "very responsive," "very practical" and "very helpful." Clients reserve further praise for the "unique set of knowledge he brings to deals."

Walter McCabe is singled out for his broad real estate experience and noted for his strengths on both the real estate and corporate sides of a transaction. He also elicits praise for his knowledge of tax matters.

Jason Dunn represents real estate investors in a range of matters. His clients hold him in high regard, asserting that he is a "very good technical attorney, but balances that with a good business perspective." Another source expresses the opinion: "Where you really see him shine is in negotiating with investors and property owners.”

Richard Gordet acts for a range of clients, including REITs, educational organizations and other institutional entities, and draws praise for his resourceful, flexible and practical approach to matters. "He knows the issues that are important to us and cares deeply about the mission of the organization,” notes one impressed client.

“Exceptional lawyer” Marc Lazar is regarded as "extremely efficient” and a “very experienced and very practical guy to have on side." His practice revolves around real estate finance and investment.

Significant clients Allianz US Real Estate, PIMCO, The TJX Companies, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, The Blackstone Group.

Band 2 | WilmerHale

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What the team is known for Excellent real estate team, that maintains a strong profile in representing clients engaged in the retail and life sciences spaces. Also known for its work with senior living operators and enjoys a fine track record for its work with publicly-traded REITs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very responsive, knowledgeable, diligent, excellent to work with and excellent service.”

"Great communication and service." 

Work highlights Counseled Alexandria Real Estate Equities as part of several transactions and leases, including the acquisition of life sciences facilities in Cambridge.

Instructed by Trinity Financial to handle several developments, including a residential project with affordable housing in East Boston.

Notable practitioners  

Katharine Bachman is highly rated, with sources highlighting her "good business acumen," explaining that she "knows how to get a deal done and can handle complex transactions." She is additionally described as a "very good negotiator" and "very tenacious and good to work with."

"Outstanding attorney" William O'Reilly is particularly sought after for his expertise in financing and private equity matters. "Throughout the engagement, Bill provided steady, experienced counsel, impressive responsiveness, and creative problem solving," a highly satisfied client reports.

Sean Boulger is a "very capable lawyer and great to deal with" note sources, who also single out his practical approach to real estate transactions. His expertise includes senior housing developments and acquisitions and leases for industrial and commercial properties.

Real estate team chair Paul Jakubowski acts for investors, developers and operators across a wide variety of real estate transactions. "He is excellent and has a good all-round knowledge base," notes one impressed source.

Significant clients Eaton Vance, Benchmark Senior Living, Carpenter & Company, LPL Financial, AEW Capital Management.

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What the team is known for Experienced practice, regularly sought after to handle transactions for large-scale projects. Maintains particular strengths in leasing work, not least in shopping center and mixed-use property leasing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“Strong real estate team, very efficient at reacting to issues and concerns. They have a great work ethic and will go the extra mile to get the job done. A very seasoned team of real estate lawyers."

"A very solid firm which does good work." 

Work highlights Continued to counsel the Revel Group following its acquisition of Denim Habit, in matters including negotiating leases for new and closed stores, as well as defending the company in related litigation.

Represented The Inn at Mystic on a variety of matters, including the substantial disposition of its real estate and hospitality business.

Notable practitioners  

Real estate practice chair Thomas Phillips specializes in advising clients on properties in the retail sector. He attracts praise for his hard-working and pragmatic approach to getting a deal done.

The "phenomenalPaul Laudano "is great at taking a large amount of information, narrowing it down for us and giving us strong legal advice with a strong business twist,” an impressed client avers. He is well versed in the development, acquisition and financing of a wide range of properties, including offices, hotels, retail and residential developments.

Significant clients Digital Realty Trust, Plymouth Industrial REIT, Target Stores, Divco West Real Estate Services, AT&T Mobility.

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What the team is known for Highly capable team, counseling clients in a wide variety of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, development and financing. Complemented by land use and zoning expertise.

Work highlights Represented CSX Transportation in negotiations with the Department of Transportation for the sale of railway tracks in eastern Massachusetts.

Advised Belgian playing cards producer Cartamundi on the purchase of a manufacturing facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Notable practitioners  

The highly experienced Philip Lapatin draws praise for his ability to "turns things around in lighting speed and with incredible accuracy." He specializes in commercial leases, particularly for Boston office owners.

The highly regarded Philip Notopoulos possesses expertise in various real estate matters, including acquisitions and sales, developments and real estate finance. He is also noted for his strengths in environmental issues connected with real estate work.

Significant clients Principal Real Estate Investors, FPC Hotel, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, Cornerstone Permanent Mortgage Fund, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency.

Band 3 | Locke Lord LLP

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What the team is known for Seasoned and knowledgeable group of attorneys. Undertakes a wide range of real estate matters, including acquisitions, leasing, debt restructuring and construction. Maintains industry expertise in education, hotel and leisure, and retail, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are terrific lawyers and people." 

Work highlights Advised Changchun Railway Vehicle on the development of a rail construction facility and its supply of rail cars to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Advised on the development and financing of two hotels in the Boston Innovation District on behalf of a $175 million joint venture by CV Properties and Ares Management.

Notable practitioners  

The "very responsive” Rebecca Lee works on complex, high-value deals, specializing in particular on permitting and land use aspects.

"Terrific lawyer" Dave Rodgers is a well-regarded practitioner focusing on construction, procurement and land use. He is described as a "great negotiator" who "keeps tempers cooled down and gets the job done.”

Significant clients Midwood Management, New Boston Fund, Asian Community Development Corporation, CV Properties, Ares Management.

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What the team is known for Provides a wide range of clients with high-quality advice on a diverse array of real estate matters, including purchases, sales, leasing and development. Represents a fine choice of counsel for residential, retail and office developments, among others.

Work highlights Counseled Lincoln Property in relation to several matters, including the purchase and development of a 250 unit apartment block in Waltham.

Handled the $100 million acquisition of a Minnesota office block on behalf of Colony Financial.

Notable practitioners  

Vice chairman of the firm Andrew Urban is a well-known figure in the market and continues to advise corporate clients on a range of real estate matters, including leases and joint ventures.

Eric Freeman is praised for his "practical approach - he gets transactions done quickly and pragmatically. He does a really good job of pushing things forward." A key part of his practice consists of real estate investment and funding.

Dan Gaquin is well versed in a wide spectrum of commercial real estate transactions, acting for a range of owners, developers and operators. He has continued to represent Colony Realty Partners in a range of matters, including the $86 million sale of an office property in Houston.

Significant clients CVS Caremark, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Forest Properties, Wynn Resorts, Forest Properties.

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What the team is known for Continues to be renowned for its prowess in matters concerning the senior housing space. Also extremely active in handling matters related to affordable housing, tax credits and financing.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Lynch's commercial leasing expertise stretches both the regional retail and commercial spheres. He further handles office space acquisitions and dispositions for large commercial clients. 

Paul Bouton comes recommended for his expertise in office buildings and mixed-use developments. He is also well respected for his expertise in affordable housing matters.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

The excellent Christopher Milton of Greenberg Traurig, LLP specializes in zoning and land use matters and is noted for his knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations.

Scott Cooper of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP represents a strong choice of counsel for complex property finance issues. Interviewees describe him as "very pragmatic" and "very efficient - he does a great job."

McCarter & English, LLP partner Cynthia Keliher is admired for her pragmatism, with one source stating that she "does everything she can to facilitate the business." She is also described as a "strong character and tough negotiator" who is praised for her ability to "keep things at a professional and cordial level."

Richard Toelke recently moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he handles all manner of real estate transactions. "He has great customer service skills, very good knowledge of real estate development and is a good sounding board," reports one impressed source.

Steven Weinstein is a senior partner at Riemer & Braunstein LLP, where he chairs the banking and finance practice. His clients include leading financial institutions and lenders, to whom he provides advice on real estate funding and restructuring.

Brian Blaesser of Robinson & Cole LLP is renowned for his land use expertise, including disputes, but is also noted for his strengths on real estate transactions and development.

Andrew Pearlstein of Seyfarth Shaw LLP is renowned for his representation of financial institutions and property owners in a range of real estate matters. Sources reserve particular praise for his leadership qualities and wealth of knowledge. 

Peter Friedenberg of Sherin and Lodgen LLP is praised for his technical expertise and also comes recommended for his strengths in conveyancing and arcane title matters.

Carla Moynihan is experienced across a range of real estate matters, including dispositions, development and financing. She is also recognized for her proficiency in affordable housing issues. She recently moved from Robinson & Cole to Sherin and Lodgen LLP.

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