Douglas L. Burton


Burton, Douglas L.

Doug Burton is a well-regarded real estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience in private equity investment and joint ventures, development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing. His clients include top pension fund advisors, Fortune 50 corporations, developers and nonprofit institutions, with a broad range of asset classes, including hospitality, multi-family, seniors housing, office, industrial, retail and life sciences.

Representative Experience

Private Equity Investments

  • Representation of investment managers in billions of dollars of joint ventures, financings, acquisitions and dispositions, including the work-out of multiple troubled loans and joint venture arrangements, including:
    • Joint venture and acquisition of a trophy office tower in San Francisco for more than a quarter billion dollars
    • Acquisition of a $110 million lifestyle shopping center under redevelopment in Texas
    • Formation and financing of an $80 million partially seeded joint venture to acquire retail properties on a national platform
    • Disposition of a $110 million portfolio of industrial properties across multiple funds in three states, including the transfer of a municipal development authority bond arrangement

Seniors Housing

  • Representation of the institutional owner in the sale of a portfolio of CCRCs for more than $200 million in Florida
  • Representation of the majority equity investor in the joint venture, financing, work out, and ultimate disposition of a $50 million IL facility with home health care on a ground lease in California
  • Representation of the majority equity investor and owner in the joint venture, financing, workout and sale of an $80 million portfolio of IL, AL and ALZ facilities in Washington
  • Representation of the investment advisor and owner in the portfolio sale of 12 licensed facilities, across multiple comingled funds, for $300 million


  • Representation of one of the two largest home improvements centers in the acquisition, leasing and development of numerous sites throughout the East Coast, including both stand-alone sites and sites forming integrated components of larger shopping centers, as well as sites purchased out of bankruptcies
  • Representation of a national quick service restaurant in its expansion into the northeast market


  • Representation of a Developer in the site acquisition and subsequent development of the tallest residential tower in the City of Boston
  • Representation of a Developer in the acquisition, debt and equity financing, branding and subsequent development of the first five-star hotel in Iceland
  • Representation of a developer in the acquisition, debt and equity financing, development and operation of a ground leased nationally listed historic site as a 300-room luxury hotel, including the implementation of a historic tax credit structure, and the negotiation of leases and management agreements with the signature bar, restaurant and hotel manager

Honors & Awards

Professional Activities

Since 2001, Mr. Burton has been a frequent lecturer and guest lecturer at the MIT Center for Real Estate, both conducing full-day professional development seminars and teaching graduate level courses. Most recently, he was a guest lecturer speaking about distressed loans and capital arrangements at a joint MIT-NYU class in May 2016.

Mr. Burton has co-taught professional development seminars and spoken as a guest lecturer for various graduate level courses at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate since 2009, most recently as a guest lecturer speaking about commercial real estate workouts in February 2011.

He has been regular guest lecturer at Columbia University's MSRED Program since 2009, most recently speaking about distressed loans and capital arrangements in October 2016.

Mr. Burton is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association.

Community Involvement

Mr. Burton was the president of his alumni class at Amherst College from 2002-2012, and past member of the board of directors of the Mountain View Association. 

Publications & News


January 23, 2018

WilmerHale Represents HS2 Solutions in Acquiring LunaMetrics

Digital transformation agency HS2 Solutions announced that it has completed the acquisition of LunaMetrics, an award-winning analytics consultancy that specializes in using data to help businesses illuminate the bridge between marketing, user behavior and ROI.

November 30, 2017

WilmerHale Represents AM General in Commercial Plant Acquisition by SF Motors

WilmerHale client AM General has sold its commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka, Indiana to SF Motors, an electric vehicle clean mobility company.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Fortive in Acquisition of Industrial Scientific Corporation

On July 27, 2017, Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Scientific Corporation, a leading provider of portable gas detection equipment and a safety-as-a-service pioneer.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

June 17, 2014

WEX to Acquire Evolution1, a Leader in Cloud-Based Technology and Payment Solutions in the Healthcare Industry

WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, and Evolution1, a leader in cloud-based technology and payment solutions in the healthcare industry, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for WEX to acquire Evolution1 for $532.5 million in cash.

June 9, 2014

WilmerHale Representing Analog Devices in Pending Acquisition of Hittite Microwave Corporation

WilmerHale is representing its longtime client Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, in its proposed acquisition of Hittite Microwave Corporation.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced


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JD, magna cum laude, Cornell Law School, 1996, Order of the Coif

BA, magna cum laude, Amherst College, 1992

Bar Admissions


New York

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