Real Estate Litigation


We undertake federal, state and local litigation and administrative controversies involving real estate leasing and acquisition, financing, environmental, zoning and land use issues. Our nationwide practice involving real estate contract disputes includes issues involved in bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of businesses, trusts and high net worth individuals. 

Representative Client Work

  • Represented developers and landowners in disputes over tidelands jurisdiction, boundaries of water resource areas, application of the public trust doctrine and Chapter 91 license proceedings 
  • Defended environmental and Superfund claims against manufacturers, including one action terminated with no fine or penalty against a well-known manufacturer of specialty consumer products, arising out of more than 100 years of manufacturing activities on the Boston waterfront
  • Resolved zoning, zoning enforcement, title, easements and easements by prescription, adverse possession and other land and land use disputes throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
  • Advocated for clients in local and state administrative processes, including historic district commission, conservation commission, property tax assessment, abatement, zoning board and planning board approvals and appeals
  • Resolved family disputes involving real estate, including ownership by family limited partnerships and other entities
  • Following trial, successfully negotiated resolution of a complicated dispute over a 62-year ground lease involving approximately four acres in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Litigated to successful conclusion an objection to plan confirmation in Delaware for a client who provided post-bankruptcy financing of approximately $70 million through mortgage and sale/leaseback arrangements on healthcare facilities in ten states
  • Represented a lender in commencing litigation against a guarantor rather than commencing foreclosure in order to expedite overall settlement
  • Advised three publicly traded real estate mortgage limited partnerships and their outside directors in numerous controversies arising out of the precipitous decline in their commercial real estate portfolio and the markets
  • Represented a yacht club developer in Nantucket, Massachusetts in connection with state and local land use, wetlands and tidelands permits and related litigation