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.


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Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski

Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6948 (t)

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger

Vice Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6870 (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)

Kalpin, Mark C.

Mark C. Kalpin


+1 617 526 6176 (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)


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.


  • Best Lawyers in America – In the 2015 edition, Best Lawyers recognized nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers, naming nine "Lawyer of the Year," including William O'Reilly who was named Boston Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Recognized our real estate practice in 2011-2016 with sources saying our team consists of "well-known real estate practitioners [who are] a very sophisticated group," "some of the brightest and best attorneys" who are "extremely detail-oriented" and "the firm is populated with very capable professionals and has the resources to handle a myriad of real estate issues." Sources also stated the practice is "very responsive, knowledgeable, diligent, excellent to work with and [provides] excellent service."
  • Real Estate Forum magazine – Named Katharine Bachman in the 2011 issue as among the year's "Women of Influence" for her many accomplishments during her career
  • The Practical Law Company – Recommended our real estate practice on a national level and in Massachusetts in 2011
  • 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. In 2010-2014, the firm also received a second-tier ranking in real estate law in Washington DC.

Publications & News


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.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 14, 2016

Keith Barnett Joins American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Members are elected to the fellowship for their outstanding legal ability, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.

February 25, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Five Essentials for Managing Deal Risk

Oil prices have fallen below $30 per barrel for the first time in more than a decade. This trend, along with the shale gas boom, evolving regulatory constraints, and a growing focus on renewables, have made one thing clear: the oil and gas industry is getting a makeover.

December 17, 2015

Barclays Completes Sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial

On December 4, 2015, Barclays PLC completed the sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial Corp. WilmerHale represented Barclays through this transaction, which was announced on June 8, 2015.

November 2, 2015

WilmerHale Receives Top Rankings, Named “Law Firm of the Year” in Mutual Funds Law in 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List

U.S. News - Best Lawyers® has named WilmerHale "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law and recognizes the firm as a first-tier law firm in 21 national and 58 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 30 second- and third-tier rankings.


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

July 11, 2012

Fundamentals of Real Estate: Senior Housing Investment Trends

Boston, Massachusetts

September 14, 2010

Columbia University: Graduate Level Course

New York, New York