THE FIRM This group targets the more sophisticated real estate transactions, be they related to acquisitions and disposals, construction, financing, planning and development, or leasing. Recent clients include the Boston Red Sox, Harvard Law School, Global Retail Investors, Fidelity Real Estate Funds and Congress Group Ventures.
Sources say: "An extremely strong group with top-draw attorneys."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Rattigan acts for banks, investors and developers on a range of transactions, including real estate loans, acquisitions, leasing, investments, sales and divestitures. Clients champion him as “an effective, methodical thinker.” Richard Rudman is an expert in property development, acquisition, leasing and finance, including joint venture arrangements and construction loans. He also applies his extensive experience to a myriad of environmental and land use matters, including construction and design agreements. According to peers, John Sullivan is “the highlight professional in real estate practice.” He chairs the firm's Boston real estate group and has a diverse practice covering all aspects of commercial real estate, with a particular emphasis on sophisticated investors in debt, equity and joint venture transactions. He recently acted for STAG Capital Partners and AEW Capital Management and is widely viewed as “a top-tier attorney.” Barbara Trachtenberg is "a real rising star," according to commentators. An expert in property conveyancing, development and leasing, she also handles joint venture and mezzanine transactions. Geoffrey Howell guides clients through the development, financing and leasing stages of real estate transactions, frequently acting for owners and developers on complex deals. Lawrence Uchill's broad practice encompasses acquisitions, leasebacks, asset recoveries, financings and joint ventures. Elliot Surkin focuses on development, finance and taxation, acting for developers and owners of sophisticated regional real estate projects. His client list includes Elbit Imaging, Plaza Centers NV and Global Retail Investors. Cara Nelson is an associate with vast experience in real estate development, financing, acquisitions and leasing. "She's an excellent attorney, smart and strong, somebody who pushes until the end,” say peers.
THE FIRM This team has the capacity to steer real estate transactions from the drawing board stage all the way through to completion. It is a group populated by experts in the development, purchase, sale and leasing of sophisticated properties, and has a strong finance wing, adept at handling REITs, alternative fund investments and public finance.
Sources say: "A real estate powerhouse with a first-rate team of attorneys.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Glazer advises real estate investment managers, real estate funds and institutional investors and is championed by peers as “an unbelievably capable attorney, someone who sees the bigger picture and is proactive in trying to meet the needs of both sides.” Clients include Alcion Real Estate Partners and BlackRock Realty Advisors. Christopher Barker serves as cochair of the firm’s hospitality and leisure practice. He represents a number of real estate investment houses, such as Rockwood Capital and BayNorth Capital Partners, and has particular expertise in advising tax-exempt investors. "He's one of the top people in town and deals with some of the most sophisticated and difficult projects around,” say sources. The "razor-sharp" Minta Kay is "the glue that binds a deal together." She works for the likes of Prudential Real Estate Investors and SJP Properties, providing counsel on real estate securities, finance and investment, capital restructuring, property acquisitions, leasing and sales. Paul Schwartz focuses on the private financing of real estate projects and developments, including collective investment vehicles for institutional investors, joint ventures, participating and mezzanine debt and REIT investments. He recently advised Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds, Guggenheim Real Estate and The Wolff Company. "Persuasive, pragmatic and protective of a client's interests,” Andrew Sucoff is the cochair of the firm’s real estate, REITs and real estate capital markets group. Recent clients include Kimco Realty and Boston Capital and he typically acts for institutional investors, lenders, banks, pension fund advisers and underwriters, although he does also represent commercial real estate tenants, developers, owners and operators. Martin Healy is the chair of the firm’s real estate development and permitting practice and is considered the “dean of zoning and land use.” His focus is primarily on acquisition, due diligence and permitting work relating to complex development projects. The Massachusetts Port Authority and Waste Management, Inc. feature in his book of business. Lawrence Kaplan provides expert guidance during the permitting, acquisition and financing process of real estate transactions. He acts for institutions, owners, developers and tenants, and clients include Canyon Capital Realty Advisors, Lesley University and New Balance Athletic Shoe.
THE FIRM This group handles a broad range of real estate work, including property development, land use, tax incentives and tax credits, joint ventures, fund formation, acquisitions, finance and leasing. Its client list is mixed and features the likes of Bank of America, Boston University, IKEA, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Tricon Capital Group.
Sources say: "A prime real estate shop, one of the strongest in town due to its impressive depth and size.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jordan Krasnow's practice covers real estate acquisitions and dispositions, financing and real estate development. He has over 40 years' experience in the business and peers consider him "the firm's leading light in real estate." His clientele includes Avalon Bay Communities and Beacon Capital Partners. Co-head of the firm's retail group, Alan Rottenberg is "a really terrific lawyer” and a strategic adviser on intricate real estate transactions. So too is Frank Litwin, who has the “ability to keep a level head and help A-list clients clear complex hurdles.” Those A-list clients include Gale International and Morgan Stanley. Barry Green advises borrowers and lenders on a wide variety of financing transactions, including permanent lending, participating and shared appreciation mortgages, sale and leaseback transactions and troubled debt restructurings. He recently acted for Boston Properties, CrossHarbor Capital and DekaBank, and clients say: “He has that invaluable combination of experience and expertise.” Michael Haroz acts for investors, developers and owners of commercial real estate in connection with entity formation, construction, land acquisition, title issues, permits and lease work. William Dillon is particularly renowned for his expertise in facilitating the development of regional shopping centers, mixed-use projects, urban economic development projects and smart-growth developments. He advises developers and investors on the acquisition, construction, permitting, financing, leasing and management of property portfolios, and counsels the likes of IKEA and Samuels & Associates. Debbie Horwitz focuses on finance, acquisition and disposition, development and permitting. "She makes difficult problems seem straightforward and resolves them with ease,” say peers, and her book of business includes Federal Realty Investment Trust and State Street Bank & Trust. Raymond Kwasnick is described as “one of the leading leasing lawyers in the city.” He handles the management of commercial, residential and hotel properties and acts for myriad stakeholders in leasing, construction, design, financing, acquisitions and sales. Douglas Husid is celebrated for his real estate development, finance and permitting expertise. He recently advised Harvard University and Partners Healthcare Systems, and clients say: “He's extremely practical and knowledgeable and takes a businesslike, hands-on approach.” Matthew Kiefer is an expert in attaining site control and public approvals for intricate projects, including affordable housing, commercial and mixed-use developments. Clients include Berkeley Investments and W/S Development. John Twohig regularly acts for real estate developers in land acquisitions, title issues and financing arrangements, as well as on complex land use, zoning and permitting matters. His clients include New England Development and The Kraft Family.
THE FIRM This group handles real estate acquisitions, developments, permitting, leasing, debt and equity financing, restructurings and dispositions. Regular clients include National Development Associates of New England, RREEF, Unum and The Davis Companies.
Sources say: "An excellent, client-oriented firm with a culture of getting things done; it has all the disciplines under one roof and is able to steer a transaction from start to completion.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Fishman's wide practice encompasses development, financing, acquisition and disposition, leasing, entity formation, conveyancing, land use and environmental permitting and licensing. His clients include the City of Quincy and SKANSKA Commercial Development. Peers describe him as “extremely thorough, making sure every i is dotted and every t crossed.” Beth Mitchell frequently advises financial institutions, landowners, developers, and other public and private entities in complex real estate transactions. Her clients include Connecticut General Life Insurance and South Shore Tri-Town Development. Paul Ayoub is an expert on the finance and development of commercial real estate projects, including regulatory enforcement and compliance. "He's a great real estate generalist with an authoritative voice, transmitting confidence and bringing solutions to the table,” say clients. Michael Zabowsky principally advises on financings, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing transactions. Peers see him as "a great lieutenant, extremely responsive and efficient, never over-lawyering or overcomplicating things.”
THE FIRM This team is particularly renowned for its expertise in the distressed real estate arena but also handles general real estate transactions and property development and land use matters. The group advises a large number of alternative fund managers, investors, developers, mezzanine lenders and mortgagees, as well as landlords and tenants. Recent clients have included AEW Capital Management, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, LaSalle Investment Management and Cabot Properties.
Sources say: “The firm is populated with very capable professionals and has the resources to handle a myriad of real estate issues.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Katharine Bachman counsels investors and developers on real estate development transactions and has a particular focus on affordable housing and PPP projects. "One of the strongest development lawyers in the city and a real force in the market,” according to peers, she has recently acted for Trinity Financial, Campanelli Companies and Fannie Mae. "A historically top-notch figure," Joel Sirkin is an expert on the acquisition, development, and financing of retail, hotel and leisure projects. He handles a number of international portfolios and his book of business includes British Shell Pension Fund, Liberty Real Estate, GE Credit and Taurus Investment Group. William O'Reilly chairs the real estate practice group and handles a variety of work, including private equity investment, development, financing, purchase and sale, land use and leasing. Recent clients include Novartis and Commonfund Realty. Robert Tuchmann combines expertise in the doctrines of real estate and environmental law, enabling him to offer bespoke advice on real estate development and leasing, remediation of contaminated sites and environmental permitting. "He is extremely thorough and consistently meets and exceeds expectations,” enthuse clients. He has experience representing developers, manufacturers and retailers in the creation, leasing, sale, financing and management of retail, office, factory and technology properties.
THE FIRM This group serves regional, national and international clientele, routinely assisting them with acquisitions, financing, development, operation and dispositions of real estate projects and portfolios. Century Bank & Trust, Franklin Street Properties, Invesco Real Estate and Gulf Oil feature on the client list.
Sources say: “A solid team with a growing practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Milton can facilitate real estate projects in their entirety, from acquisition, through zoning, subdivision, permitting, environmental remediation and construction. "He's terrific, a lawyer’s lawyer, with super analytical and communication skills,” say peers. His clients include Winn Development and Bank of America.
THE FIRM This team has the capacity to manage a range of real estate property transactions and handles investment, development, leasing, financing, asset management, purchase and sale activities.
Sources say: “A rock-solid practice with a good crop of talent at its disposal."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Scott Cooper cochairs the firm's national real estate finance team and is head of the real estate practice group for the Boston office. He is especially renowned for his expertise in real estate financing transactions, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac among his clients. "He's an extremely able lawyer who knows how to get the job done," say peers. Philip Notopoulos combines real estate knowledge with environmental law expertise. This enables him to advise on acquisitions, sales and commercial financing of projects, including the attainment of environmental permits. Peers recognize him as “one of the most prominent names in the Boston market."
Since publication, Scott Cooper has joined Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
of Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C. handles real estate portfolios for developers, owners and commercial tenants. Thomas Phillips
of Brown Rudnick LLP focuses on retail properties and has dealt with almost all such asset classes. He advises on the acquisition, sale and development of real estate projects and all related permitting work. "He has that go-getter spark and is an extremely bright and effective attorney,”
according to clients. Edward Hershfield
, also of Brown Rudnick, covers the gamut of real estate transaction and permitting work, advising institutional lenders, commercial banks and listed companies. Marcia Robinson
of Bingham McCutchen LLP has a wide practice encompassing the acquisition, disposition, development, financing, zoning, land use planning and leasing of commercial properties. Clients hail her “ability to keep a cool head on the most sophisticated and challenging of real estate transactions.”
Colleague Richard Toelke
acts for developers, institutional property owners, pension fund advisers, REITs and lenders on a variety of real estate transactions. Peers say: "He's easy to work with but also a very effective advocate for his clients.” Cynthia Keliher
of McCarter & English, LLP is particularly focused on leasing but is also adept at development, financing, zoning, permitting, tax abatement and foreclosures. "She's one of the best leasing lawyers in town,”
say sources, “extremely creative, thorough and smart, with a calm and well-reasoned demeanor.” Richard Nylen
of Lynch DeSimone & Nylen LLP is an “extremely knowledgeable and highly regarded”
expert in zoning and land use. Stephen Nolan
of Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP represents developers and lenders on a all manner of real estate transactions. According to fellow practitioners, he's “a great strategist and a marvelous lawyer who knows it all inside out.” Steven Weinstein
of Riemer & Braunstein LLP has a strong following in the real estate lending community and a wealth of transactional experience, particularly in regards to multilender finance, portfolio finance and mezzanine finance. He is widely respected by peers, who describe him as “an extremely good lending attorney and a big name in the real estate arena.” Rebecca Lee
of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP is described as being “highly skilled, extremely bright and utterly superb.”
She handles financing, leasing and condominium creation and is especially renowned for land use and development permitting.