Paul Jakubowski

For nearly 30 years, Paul Jakubowski has represented investors, developers and operators in a wide range of real estate transactions and development projects nationwide. His extensive experience in all aspects of real estate law includes joint ventures, acquisitions, developments, leases and financing transactions across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes. A notable practitioner, Mr. Jakubowski is a recognized leader in the field of tenant-side headquarters lease transactions and has established a premier company-side practice in Boston.

Mr. Jakubowski counts numerous real estate groups among his clients, including REITs, foreign investors in US real estate, national retailers and private equity real estate funds. His practice is national and covers all property types. He works frequently with WilmerHale's tax, corporate, bankruptcy, financial institutions and litigation groups.

Mr. Jakubowski is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts, and American Bar Associations and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He serves on the boards of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the urban planning and transportation leader A Better City. He is also a director of the Real Estate Finance Association.


  • Headquarters Leasing

    Some of the largest and highest-profile office lease transactions in Boston and other markets over the past five years, including the following tenant representations:

    • Kronos Incorporated – 450,000 sf in Lowell, Massachusetts
    • Demandware – 240,000 sf build-to-suit
    • Financial services firm (Boston tower, in progress) – 250,000 sf
    • LPL Financial (new construction) – 400,000 sf campus in South Carolina
    • SharkNinja (suburban Boston building renovation) – 200,000 sf
    • Brown Brothers Harriman (Boston tower, fully renovated) – 400,000 sf
    • WilmerHale (Boston tower) – 300,000 sf
    • TripAdvisor new construction – 300,000 sf
    • Cimpress (suburban Boston, new construction) – 300,000 sf
    • MFS (Boston tower) – 300,000 sf
    • Avid (suburban Boston) – 200,000 sf, three buildings
    • Constant Contact (suburban Boston) – 250,000 sf
    • Pegasystems (Cambridge) – 160,000 sf, two buildings
    • Pioneer Investment Management (Boston tower) – 150,000 sf
    • LPL Financial (San Diego, new construction) – 400,000 sf
    • WilmerHale (NY tower) – 200,000 sf
  • Private Equity/Capital Markets/REITS

    • Sale of a $1.2 billion portfolio of structured real estate loans for a German Finance Ministry agency
    • Workout and sale of a $300 million loan secured by an Acapulco resort
    • Acquisition, financing and development of a $300 million proton therapy center in Manhattan for the acquirer/developer
    • Numerous acquisitions and sales for a public industrial REIT (national)
    • Numerous acquisitions and sales for a public office REIT (national)
    • Laboratory leasing and related activities for a public life sciences REIT (Boston/Cambridge area)
    • Acquisitions, sales and financings of multifamily industrial and office assets for several private equity real estate funds
    • Numerous joint venture negotiations and financings for both capital side and operator side partners
    • Syndicated private placements for sponsor
  • Opportunistic Investments and Development

    • Acquisition, redevelopment and expansion of an office park in suburban Boston into a premier 400,000 square foot life sciences campus (represented operator in venture with capital partner, leases to pharma tenants, several financings and sale)
    • Acquisition, repositioning, financing and sale of more than 100 office buildings, malls and retail centers in New England for a variety of Boston-based real estate investors
    • Leasing and financing of a former I-495 corporate campus to life sciences tenants – 500,000 sf
    • Acquisition, financing, development and leasing of New York city's first proton therapy facility, a $350 million project under construction on E. 126th Street in Manhattan
    • Acquisition and financing of educational campuses on behalf of a for-profit education provider in New York and Massachusetts
  • Retail

    • Acquisition, leasing, development of dozens of store and distribution center sites for numerous retailers, including three of the largest retailers in the US
    • Acquisition, financing and sale of malls and retail centers in New England
  • Corporate Users

    • M&A activity and development and leasing of various types (office, lab, call centers) for WilmerHale's diverse base of corporate clients, nationally and internationally, including such companies as Analog Devices, Cumberland Farms, Skyworks, MFS, Pioneer, Avid, PerkinElmer, Dean Foods, Constant Contact, Danaher, A123 Systems, MicroStrategy, Stream, Thermo Fisher and The Medicines Company, as well as many early-stage companies represented by WilmerHale's Emerging Company Practice


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    Leading Lawyer for Real Estate

    Chambers USA


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    Top Lawyer for Real Estate Law

    Best Lawyers in America®


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    Recommended for Real Estate and Construction

    The Legal 500 United States


  • Recognized in the 2013–2021 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his real estate practice, with a clients commenting that he is "perfect in every way: he has always been available when needed and always delivers a perfect product" and "he understands what we are looking for; he has a great skill set and is always available." In 2005 and 2006, he was recognized by Chambers USA for his exceptional standing in the legal community.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2007–2021 editions of the Best Lawyers in America® in the area of real estate law
  • Recommended in the 2016–2019 editions of The Legal 500 United States for his real estate and construction practice
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 2005–2020 issues of Boston Magazine

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1988

      cum laude
    • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1985

      summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts