The real estate practice of WilmerHale spans the industry, from institutional debt and equity, development projects and real estate capital management to corporate real estate services and foreign investment. With significant experience not only in real estate, but also in tax, litigation and environmental matters, our lawyers serve institutional investors, developers, financiers, operators and tenants of all types of real estate throughout the United States and across the globe.

Our real estate lawyers have participated in the institutionalization, nationalization and globalization of the real estate industry throughout the last five decades. Local developers have transformed themselves into service organizations, while pension funds, investment banks, real estate investment trusts and insurance companies have succeeded to ownership of a large portion of the nation’s premier real estate projects, all fueled by an acceleration of Wall Street capital devoted to the sector. In addition to achieving an extraordinary breadth of experience in both deal type and property type, our lawyers work hard to remain current in their knowledge of market trends in the real estate industry. These capabilities have enabled the firm’s lawyers to be effective negotiators and taskmasters for some of the most impressive players competing in the real estate marketplace.


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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)


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

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