Our Real Estate Practice has decades of experience representing clients in all facets of office ownership, development, financing, acquisition, disposition and leasing. Our practice ranges from ground-up development of high-rise office towers, to mortgage and mezzanine financing, to joint venture investment, to landlord- and tenant-side leasing. We are counsel of choice to corporate tenants for major headquarters leases. We have deep market knowledge and industry contacts in the key Massachusetts office markets (Boston, Cambridge and the Route 128 corridor) and beyond, including representation of corporate clients for their national and international leasing needs.
Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski

Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6948 (t)


Barnett, Keith R.

Keith R. Barnett


+1 617 526 6930 (t)


Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger


+1 617 526 6870 (t)


Burke, Robert D.

Robert D. Burke


+1 617 526 6470 (t)


Burton, Douglas L.

Douglas L. Burton


+1 617 526 6270 (t)


Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski


+1 617 526 6948 (t)


Edwards, Stephen M.

Stephen M. Edwards

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6067 (t)


Gold, H. David

H. David Gold

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6425 (t)



Susan M. Kincaid

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6577 (t)



Representative matters include:

  • Representing a public REIT in the development of a 1,500,000-square-foot life sciences office laboratory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Representing the developer of a 4,500,000-square-foot mixed-use and "smart growth" development in suburban Boston.
  • Representing the developer of a 415,000-square-foot office laboratory project in Boston's Longwood Medical District.
  • Representing owners, investors and lenders in connection with many of Boston's most prominent office buildings, including The Prudential Center, John Hancock Building, International Place, 222 Berkeley Street, 500 Boylston Street, One Federal Street, 150 Federal Street, 160 Federal Street, 60 State Street, 28 State Street and 125 High Street.
  • Representing tenants in more major lease transactions than any Boston law firm within the past few years, including:
    • a 450,000-square-foot campus for an investment company in the southeastern United States;
    • a 400,000-square-foot downtown Boston tower renovation and lease for an investment advisory firm;
    • a 280,000-square-foot suburban Boston build-to-suit lease for a travel site company;
    • a 300,000-square-foot suburban Boston build-to-suit lease for a web-based printing and marketing company;
    • a 270,000-square-foot suburban Boston lease for an email marketing company;
    • a 300,000-square-foot downtown Boston lease for a law firm;
    • a 200,000 square foot lease at 7 World Trade Center, New York for a law firm;
    • a 400,000-square-foot build-to-suit lease for an investment company in San Diego, California;
    • a 300,000-square-foot downtown Boston office tower lease for a global asset manager;
    • a 200,000-square-foot lease for a technology company in Burlington, Massachusetts;
    • a 130,000-square-foot lease for a technology company in Waltham, Massachusetts;
    • a 150,000-square-foot lease for an Internet company in East Cambridge, Massachusetts; and
    • a 160,000-square-foot lease for a financial services company in downtown Boston.
  • Representing a publicly traded REIT on numerous office laboratory leases, including leases for its 50-building New England portfolio of office laboratories; 91,000 square feet of office laboratory space in New York; an anchor lease with a healthcare institution for a 415,000-square-foot life sciences research facility in Boston; a build-to-suit full-building lease in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a 70,000-square-foot lease, also in Cambridge.
  • Representing the developer in the acquisition, development and permitting of One Lincoln Street, a 1,000,000-square-foot office tower in Boston.
  • Representing a life insurance company making a $200 million construction mortgage loan on a mixed-use retail, office and residential project in Boston.
  • Advising on the acquisition and leasing of office projects in 12 countries on five continents for an international investor, including projects in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney and Santiago.
  • Representing an institutional investor in the purchase and foreclosure of debt to acquire a major Boston office tower.
  • Representing a private equity firm in the redevelopment and sale of Boston's Russia Wharf as a 900,000-square-foot mixed-use hotel, office and residential facility.
  • Representing a private equity firm in the acquisition, development and leasing of a two-building office project in La Jolla, California.
  • Representing a private equity firm in the acquisition, joint venture and financing of multi-tenant office building in Reading, Massachusetts.