Development and Land Use TRANSACTIONAL
Since the development of the Prudential Center from what had been a blighted railroad yard in Boston’s Back Bay in the early 1960s, WilmerHale has been at the forefront of many of the most significant and complex development projects in the United States. We advise owners, developers, lenders and investors on every step of the development process—from site identification and evaluation through design, permitting, financing, construction, leasing and sale. Our projects range from big-box retail stores and industrial warehouse and distribution centers to manufacturing plants, office towers, hotels, multi-family and condominium projects, seniors housing communities, university and private research facilities, and more.
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)


A sampling of our projects includes: 

  • Representing 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.
  • Representing a public REIT in the development of a 1,500,000-square-foot life sciences office and 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 a publicly traded pharmaceutical company in the permitting and the construction of a $600 million laboratory research facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Representing two of the world's largest retail companies in site assembly, acquisition, permitting and the development of more than 200 stores in New England, New York and the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Representing a national grocery store chain in the redevelopment of several underperforming urban stores with high-rise residential buildings above state-of-the-art ground floor grocery stores.
  • Representing the developer of a 415,000-square-foot office/laboratory project in the Boston's Longwood Medical District.
  • Representing the developer in the conversion of Boston's historic Charles Street Jail into the acclaimed Liberty Hotel.
  • Representing a premier residential and mixed-use developer on numerous transit-oriented mixed-use project, many involving affordable housing components.
  • Representing the owner in the redevelopment and sale of Boston's Russia Wharf waterfront complex into a 900,000-square-foot, mixed-use office, hotel and residential facility.
  • Representing a national developer in the development of large, multi-family projects in Quincy and Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • Representing the developer in the acquisition, development and permitting of downtown Boston's One Lincoln Street, a 1,000,000-square-foot office tower.
  • Representing the developers of high-rise luxury waterfront condominium projects in Boston's Charlestown Navy Yard. 
  • Representing a private equity firm in a co-investment joint venture with the country's largest public pension system for the purchase and development of apartment projects throughout the eastern United States.
  • Providing assistance to one of Boston's largest universities in the expansion of its science and technology campus involving several phases of development, including a dormitory, arena and recreation center.
  • Representing the developer of a high-rise, luxury condominium project in Boston's Copley Square.

Publications & News


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.

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.

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 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.

November 1, 2013

WilmerHale Among U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and Again Named International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list names WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration—this is the second consecutive year that the firm has won this honor—and honors WilmerHale as a first-tier law firm in 27 national and 60 metro-area rankings.

August 31, 2012

The 2013 Best Lawyers in America® List Includes 101 WilmerHale Lawyers

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

September 15, 2010

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers Release Inaugural Best Law Firms Rankings

WilmerHale earns first-tier rankings for a dozen national practices.

August 12, 2010

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

Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of lawyers in their practice areas.

June 11, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Reveals Final Results Ranking 101 WilmerHale Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

One-hundred and one WilmerHale lawyers are recognized in the eighth edition of the guide and the firm is listed as among the best in dozens of practice areas throughout its six US locations.