Our Real Estate Group consists of approximately 20 core real estate professionals in Boston and Washington DC. We have a broad based practice, with significant experience in private equity investment, distressed real estate, development and land use, pension and endowment fund investment, retail, mixed use, senior living and life sciences. We collaborate with our colleagues in our Tax, Litigation, Securities, Labor and Employment, Fund Formation, Bankruptcy and Environmental groups to serve investors, funds, financial institutions, developers, operators and tenants of all types of real estate.

In addition, through our Berlin office, the firm offers full-service counsel to our international clients on real estate matters in Germany and Europe. We have worked on numerous real estate transactions, totaling over €1.5 billion, and have a proven track record in legal asset management of properties, including lease work, counsel on construction law aspects, contracts and litigation, valued at more than €1 billion.


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Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski

Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6948 (t)

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger

Vice Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6870 (t)

Barnett, Keith R.

Keith R. Barnett


+1 617 526 6930 (t)

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger


+1 617 526 6870 (t)

Burke, Robert D.

Robert D. Burke


+1 617 526 6470 (t)

Burton, Douglas L.

Douglas L. Burton


+1 617 526 6270 (t)

Cohn, Andrew H.

Andrew H. Cohn


+1 617 526 6218 (t)

Hoxsie, Kenneth A.

Kenneth A. Hoxsie


+1 617 526 6681 (t)

Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski


+1 617 526 6948 (t)

Kalpin, Mark C.

Mark C. Kalpin


+1 617 526 6176 (t)

Mykulak, George W.

George W. Mykulak


+1 617 526 6023 (t)


We have extensive experience in real estate capital management, institutional and pension fund equity and debt investment, development and permitting, leasing and foreign investment. Among other significant matters, we:

  • Represented The Gale Company in a US-Korean real estate joint venture to develop New Songdo City, a 100 million-square-foot, mixed-use development in Incheon, South Korea
  • Advised world pharmaceutical leader Novartis in the establishment of its international research headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Counseled major national retailers on the development of new store projects throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Represented pension funds in over $1 billion of joint ventures, sales and acquisitions


  • Best Lawyers in America – In the 2015 edition, Best Lawyers recognized nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers, naming nine "Lawyer of the Year," including William O'Reilly who was named Boston Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Recognized our real estate practice in 2011-2014 with sources saying our team consists of "some of the brightest and best attorneys" who are "extremely detail-oriented" and "the firm is populated with very capable professionals and has the resources to handle a myriad of real estate issues"
  • Real Estate Forum magazine – Named Katharine Bachman in the 2011 issue as among the year's "Women of Influence" for her many accomplishments during her career
  • The Practical Law Company – Recommended our real estate practice on a national level and in Massachusetts in 2011
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In the 2010-2014 "Best Law Firms" rankings, the firm was honored with first-tier national rankings in real estate law and land use and zoning law, as well as first-tier metropolitan rankings in Boston. The firm also received a second-tier ranking in real estate law in Washington DC.

Publications & News


May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

January 7, 2014

WilmerHale Represents Thermo Fisher Scientific in Transaction with GE Healthcare

Thermo Fisher has agreed to sell its cell culture (sera and media), gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare for approximately $1.06 billion.

November 1, 2013

WilmerHale Among U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and Again Named International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list names WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration—this is the second consecutive year that the firm has won this honor—and honors WilmerHale as a first-tier law firm in 27 national and 60 metro-area rankings.

April 9, 2013

Partner Katharine Bachman Receives NEWiRE Leadership Award

Partner Katharine Bachman has been named the recipient of the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) 2013 Leadership Award, NEWiRE’s most prestigious award.

September 5, 2012

SEC Proposes Rules to Eliminate the Prohibition Against General Solicitation and General Advertising for Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings

August 31, 2012

The 2013 Best Lawyers in America® List Includes 101 WilmerHale Lawyers

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

January 26, 2012

Real Estate Chair Paul Jakubowski Profiled in Law360

November 28, 2011

Herbert W. Vaughan, Leading Lawyer, Preservationist and Philanthropist, Dies at 91