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, senior living, 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)

Cohn, Andrew H.

Andrew H. Cohn


+1 617 526 6218 (t)

Hoxsie, Kenneth A.

Kenneth A. Hoxsie


+1 617 526 6681 (t)

Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski


+1 617 526 6948 (t)

Kalpin, Mark C.

Mark C. Kalpin


+1 617 526 6176 (t)

Mykulak, George W.

George W. Mykulak


+1 617 526 6023 (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 2011-2015 with sources saying our team consists of "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 2010-2015 "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


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.

July 1, 2015

WilmerHale Named a Leading National Firm in the United States by The Legal 500

The Legal 500 United States has released its annual rankings, selecting WilmerHale as one of the preeminent law firms in the country.

May 28, 2015

EPA and Army Corps Issue Final Rule on "Waters of the United States"

Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers released a final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act, or “waters of the United States.”

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.

April 17, 2015

WilmerHale Partners Discuss Curtain Wall Litigation Disputes

WilmerHale Partners Brent Gurney and Andy Cohn recently discussed construction disputes, specifically those dealing with the legal and contract issues affecting curtain walls, in a WilmerHale video highlight entitled "Construction Dispute Management Capabilities."

November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.

October 30, 2014

Modern Curtain Walls: 4 Simple Steps to Avoiding Costly Disputes & Performance Problems

An article by Brent Gurney and Andrew Cohn, published by Commercial Property Executive on October 30, 2014.

October 22, 2014

Microbes, Mice and Minefields: Unique Issues in Developing and Leasing Life Science Facilities

An article by William O'Reilly, published by the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

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.

October 22, 2014

Regulatory Responses to Climate Change

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