Real Estate TRANSACTIONAL

WilmerHale's Real Estate Practice is renowned for its sophisticated representation of investors, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders and institutions on complex real estate projects and transactions. Working closely with our European offices and colleagues in our Tax, Litigation, Securities, Labor and Employment, Fund Formation, Bankruptcy and Environmental Groups, we provide a full range of services to US and international clients on matters across the globe. Lawyers in our practice are members of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and have been recognized by Chambers, U.S. News and other publications and organizations for their outstanding achievements, experience and reputation.

We cover the spectrum of real estate sectors and industries, including hotel and hospitality, office, retail, multi-family, industrial, seniors housing, energy, and distressed assets. Our clients include public and private companies, REITs, private equity funds, operators, developers, universities and other nonprofit institutions, and lenders. For all of our clients, we provide unsurpassed service and the creativity, insight, experience, flexibility and responsiveness to achieve their business goals.

Contacts

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Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski

Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6948 (t)

paul.jakubowski@wilmerhale.com

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger

Vice Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6870 (t)

sean.boulger@wilmerhale.com

Barnett, Keith R.

Keith R. Barnett

Partner

+1 617 526 6930 (t)

keith.barnett@wilmerhale.com

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger

Partner

+1 617 526 6870 (t)

sean.boulger@wilmerhale.com

Burke, Robert D.

Robert D. Burke

Partner

+1 617 526 6470 (t)

robert.burke@wilmerhale.com

Burton, Douglas L.

Douglas L. Burton

Partner

+1 617 526 6270 (t)

douglas.burton@wilmerhale.com

Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski

Partner

+1 617 526 6948 (t)

paul.jakubowski@wilmerhale.com

Edwards, Stephen M.

Stephen M. Edwards

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6067 (t)

stephen.edwards@wilmerhale.com

Gold, H. David

H. David Gold

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6425 (t)

david.gold@wilmerhale.com

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Susan M. Kincaid

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6577 (t)

susan.kincaid@wilmerhale.com

Experience

We have extensive experience in real estate capital management, institutional and pension fund equity and debt investment, development and permitting, leasing and foreign investment. Among other significant matters on which we are currently engaged, we have:

  • served as counsel to a European agency lender that owns $6 billion of real estate loans and assets in the United States on workouts, loan sales, asset management and litigation matters, including the sale of a portfolio of more than $1 billion in complex mortgage and mezzanine loans;
  • represented the developer of a 56-story tower containing a luxury hotel and condominiums in Boston's Back Bay, which will be the third tallest building in Boston;
  • represented a public REIT in the development of a 1,500,000-square-foot life sciences office and laboratory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and
  • represented of one of the world's largest retail companies in site assembly, acquisitions, ground leases, permitting and the development of dozens of new stores, expansions and conversion projects throughout New England.

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America – Recognized 107 lawyers, naming nine partners "Lawyer of the Year" in the 2018 edition of its peer-reviewed publication. Real Estate Partners Keith Barnett, Sean Boulger, Doug Burton, Paul Jakubowski and William O'Reilly were recognized.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Recognized our real estate practice in 2011–2017 with a client saying our attorneys are "bright, knowledgeable and committed to serving our best interests." Another source commented: "The team impresses us with their bench depth, their technical knowledge in all facets of real estate law, their market knowledge in equity joint venture terms, and their flexibility."
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended the firm for Real Estate and recognized Keith Barnett, Sean Boulger, Doug Burton, Paul Jakubowski and William O'Reilly in the Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate category in its 2017 edition. 
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In the 2010–2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings, the firm was honored with first-tier and second-tier national rankings in real estate law and land use and zoning law, as well as first-tier metropolitan rankings in Boston.

Publications & News

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December 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Rapid7 in Attainment of New, Consolidated Global Headquarters in Boston

Rapid7, Inc., a leading provider of analytics solutions for security and IT operations, announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from 100 Summer Street to The Hub on Causeway in Boston.

November 1, 2017

WilmerHale Honored Throughout 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms List, Named Intellectual Property Litigation Firm of the Year

WilmerHale has been recognized among the 2018 U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® list of Best Law Firms, an honor it has earned since the inception of these rankings in 2010.

August 7, 2017

Real Estate Finance: Massachusetts

A Q&A guide to real estate finance law for borrowers and lenders in Massachusetts written by Partner Paul Jakubowski and Special Counsel Stephen Edwards, published by Practical Law (Thomson Reuters 2017).

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 6, 2017

President Trump Signs WOTUS Rule's Death Warrant

On February 28, President Trump signed an Executive Order to begin the process of rescinding or revising the infamous WOTUS Rule.

November 15, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Campanelli in Sale of Heritage One & Two

Campanelli—a full-service commercial real estate development, acquisition and construction management company—has announced that it sold two first-class office buildings in Quincy, Massachusetts in two separate transactions.

August 4, 2016

White House Issues Final Guidance on Climate Change Impact Analysis

On August 1, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released its final guidance on how and when federal agencies should consider the direct and indirect impacts from climate change, including from greenhouse gas emissions, in environmental reviews conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 1, 2016

Supreme Court Provides for Judicial Review of Army Corps Determinations

On May 31, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States held that final determinations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the presence or absence of “waters of the United States” can be appealed to the courts.

Events

November 14, 2017

REFA E-Commerce: The Present and Future of 'Last Mile' Industrial

Boston, Massachusetts

May 18, 2017

Managing The Capital Stack: Debt Financing

Boston, Massachusetts

January 17, 2017

REFA Annual Forecasting Luncheon

Boston, Massachusetts

November 4, 2016

MCLE: Commercial Real Estate

Boston, Massachusetts

May 6, 2016

MIT/NYU Collaboration on Negotiating Workout Agreements

New York, New York

November 19, 2015

MCLE: Commercial Real Estate

Boston, Massachusetts

October 1, 2015

Columbia University: Graduate Level Course

New York, New York

April 30, 2015

Graduate Program for Students of MIT, New York University, Columbia University and Harvard University

New York, New York

June 3, 2014

Greater Boston Real Estate Board: Environmental Diligence & Risk Management

Boston, Massachusetts

October 9, 2012

Columbia University: Graduate Level Course

New York, New York