Paul Jakubowski


Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

Jakubowski, Paul
Paul Jakubowski, chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, has developed a national practice focusing on all aspects of real estate law. He has extensive experience handling a wide range of transactions and development projects and has represented investors, developers and operators in joint ventures, acquisitions, developments, leases and financing transactions across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes.

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.

Current and Recent Engagements

  • Some of the largest and highest-profile office lease transactions in Boston and other markets in 2010-2013, including the following tenant representations:
    • Brown Brothers Harriman (Boston tower, fully renovated) – 400,000 sf
    • WilmerHale (Boston tower) – 300,000 sf
    • Technology firm new construction (in progress) - 300,000 sf
    • Technology firm (in progress) – extension and expansion (new construction) to 300,000 sf
    • MFS (Boston tower) – 300,000 sf
    • Avid (suburban Boston) – 200,000 sf, three buildings
    • Constant Contact (suburban Boston) – 250,000 sf
    • A123 (suburban Boston) – 100,000 sf
    • Pegasystems (Cambridge) – 160,000 sf, two buildings
    • Pioneer Investment Management (Boston tower) – 150,000 sf
    • LPL Financial (Boston tower) – 70,000 sf
    • LPL Financial (build-to-suit tower in San Diego) – 400,000 sf
    • WilmerHale (NY tower) – 200,000 sf
  • In the distress arena, currently counseling capital partners in troubled ventures; operator partners in troubled ventures; borrowers in loan workouts; acquirors of loans; and landlords and tenants in lease restructurings
  • Representation of major European lender with respect to loan workouts, foreclosures and litigation in North America
  • Acquisition of Rocky Mountains resort hotel out of bankruptcy
  • Portfolio acquisitions and financings of multifamily properties in eight states for private equity fund ($300 million)

Private Equity/Capital Markets/REITS

  • 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

New England Opportunistic Investments

  • 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
  • Acquisition and financing of a 2,000 acre resort community in Vermont


  • 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 MFS, Pioneer, Avid, PerkinElmer, Palomar, Dean Foods, Constant Contact, Danaher, A123 Systems, MicroStrategy, Bottomline Technologies, Stream, Thermo Fisher and the Medicines Company, as well as many early stage companies represented by WilmerHale’s Emerging Company Practice

Professional Activities

Mr. Jakubowski is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, the Real Estate Finance Association, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and is on the Board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his real estate practice, with a client cited as saying "he understands what we are looking for; he has a great skill set and is always available"
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2007-2015 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law
  • Recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in the 2005 and 2006 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 2005-2014 issues of Boston Magazine

Publications & News


February 5, 2015

Thermo Fisher Scientific Strengthens Bioproduction Offering by Acquiring Advanced Scientifics, Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced it has acquired Advanced Scientifics, Inc. (ASI).

October 22, 2014

Progress Software Announces Intent to Acquire Telerik

WilmerHale client Progress Software Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Telerik AD, a leading provider of application development tools.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

January 7, 2014

WilmerHale Represents Thermo Fisher Scientific in Transaction with GE Healthcare

Thermo Fisher has agreed to sell its cell culture (sera and media), gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare for approximately $1.06 billion.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The 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.

January 26, 2012

Real Estate Chair Paul Jakubowski Profiled in Law360

January 11, 2012

Q&A With WilmerHale's Paul Jakubowski

An article featuring Paul Jakubowski in Law360's Series for Real Estate.

August 12, 2010

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

August 10, 2009

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

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JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988

BA, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1985, Phi Beta Kappa

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