Joel H. Sirkin

Retired Partner

Sirkin, Joel H.

Joel Sirkin is a retired partner in the Real Estate Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1974. He maintained a varied national real estate practice, and is a member of the firm's Real Estate Capital Markets Committee.


Mr. Sirkin has represented clients in the acquisition, development, and financing of apartment projects, hotels, office buildings, and shopping centers in more than 25 states. His major projects included the acquisition, repositioning, and sale of a portfolio of 14 Boston office properties for a German overseas investor group, and the implementation of a regional partner UPREIT strategy for a major multifamily REIT client. Mr. Sirkin has been involved in the development of Boston office towers and several major suburban office parks.

Mr. Sirkin was real estate counsel for Berkshire Realty Holdings, L.P. In that capacity, he assisted in a going-private transaction pursuant to which Berkshire converted from a public company to a private equity joint venture. He has represented Berkshire in numerous multi-state portfolio property transactions. He has also served as outside counsel to joint ventures between General Investment and Development and each of the Dupont Pension Funds and CALPERS in connection with the acquisition of multifamily apartment properties and office buildings across the eastern United States.

Mr. Sirkin served as lead counsel for Novartis International Pharmaceuticals in connection with the creation of the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research. On behalf of Novartis, he directed the development of the institute’s world headquarters and research lab facilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mr. Sirkin has represented a number of banks and financial institutions in the financing of Massachusetts and out-of-state construction projects, including Fidelity Investments; State of New York Pension Fund; British Shell Pension Fund; AEW Capital Management, L.P.; Berkshire Mortgage Company and United States Trust Company. Among the clients for whom he has served as real estate counsel are Liberty Real Estate Corporation, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, General Electric Credit Corporation, Taurus Investment Group, The Krupp Companies and Winthrop Financial Associates.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the Real Estate field in each edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law
  • Chosen as one of Lawdragon magazine's "Top 500 Leading Dealmakers" for 2007
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 2004-2010 issues of Boston Magazine

Publications & News


June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

March 15, 2011

Chambers USA 2011 Preliminary Results Announced

August 12, 2010

90 WilmerHale Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011

Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of lawyers in their practice areas.

June 11, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Reveals Final Results Ranking 101 WilmerHale Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

One-hundred and one WilmerHale lawyers are recognized in the eighth edition of the guide and the firm is listed as among the best in dozens of practice areas throughout its six US locations.

March 18, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Honors WilmerHale, Ranking Over 100 Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

One-hundred and two WilmerHale lawyers will be recognized in the eighth edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

August 10, 2009

100 WilmerHale Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010

June 12, 2009

Chambers USA 2009 Reveals Complete Rankings

March 4, 2009

WilmerHale Announces 99 Lawyers and 34 Practices Recognized in Chambers USA 2009

December 1, 2008

WilmerHale Widely Recognized by The Best Lawyers In America 2009

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JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1972

BA, magna cum laude, Johns Hopkins University, 1967, Phi Beta Kappa

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