Katharine E. Bachman



Katharine Bachman has developed an exceptional practice over the course of 35 years, having successfully represented clients in major real estate development, leasing and financing transactions across the industry spectrum. She provides clients with real-world, efficient solutions and has counseled clients involved in a variety of complex real estate structures. Ms. Bachman is a member of multiple real estate industry organizations, and has a special interest in projects involving the life sciences, public/private partnerships and affordable housing.


Ms. Bachman's practice covers a broad spectrum of real estate development and financial transactions, including the representation of investors and developers in office, industrial, and research and development facilities and residential developments. She also represents institutional lenders in loan collection matters and landlords and tenants in commercial leasing matters (including high technology and biotechnology facilities).

Honors & Awards

  • Named the recipient of the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) 2013 Leadership Award, NEWiRE's most prestigious award. Recognized as an inspiring professional who motivates and continuously supports the organization and the Great Boston real estate community.
  • Named in the July/August 2011 issue of Real Estate Forum magazine among this year's "Women of Influence”
  • Named by Women's Business as one of the region's "Top 10 Corporate Lawyers" (2008)
  • Recognized for her exceptional real estate practice in each edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004. Sources commented that she is "outstanding," "very matter-of-fact," and "knows the intricacies of complicated and sensitive matters" and "is an excellent resource, leading clients through with good, practical advice."
  • Named the 2012 Best Lawyers' "Boston Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year" and is consistently selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2016)
  • Selected as a Boston Magazine "New England Super Lawyer" (or "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in real estate from 2004 through 2015; also listed among the "Top 50 Female Massachusetts Super Lawyers" from 2006 through 2010

Publications & News


May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

October 22, 2014

Regulatory Responses to Climate Change

An article by Katharine Bachman, published by the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

August 18, 2014

Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Nine “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

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.

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.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

October 18, 2011

Best Lawyers Names Eight WilmerHale Attorneys “Lawyers of the Year”

August 23, 2011

Katharine Bachman Named Among Real Estate Forum’s 2011 Women of Influence

Katharine Bachman, partner in WilmerHale’s Real Estate Practice and chair of its Distressed Real Estate Solutions Group, has been named in the July/August 2011 issue of American Lawyer Media’s Real Estate Forum magazine among this year’s “Women of Influence.”

March 15, 2011

Chambers USA 2011 Preliminary Results Announced

Professional Activities

Ms. Bachman is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a member of the Boston Bar Association Council, and past co-chair of the real estate section of the Boston Bar Association. She is a prior president of New England Women in Real Estate, a 400-member professional organization for women involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. She served as a member of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency Single Family Advisory Committee, the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the New England Regional Advisory Committee of The Trust for Public Land, and as a trustee of Dickinson College. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. She chaired the Development and Finance Task Force of Boston 2000, a public-private advisory board participating in the planning process for the future development of air rights over Boston’s Central Artery.


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JD, New York University School of Law, 1978, Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law; Root Tilden Scholar

BA, summa cum laude, Dickinson College, 1975, Phi Beta Kappa

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