Our wide-ranging experience includes retail, office, industrial, life sciences, credit tenant and build-to-suit leases. We help clients analyze alternative space choices, sublease arrangements, and restructurings and buyouts of existing leases. We devise structures to protect tenants against landlord and/or lender financial distress and navigate complex, multi-phase tenant fit-out projects. WilmerHale is the firm of choice for high-profile headquarters leases for tenants in Boston, Cambridge, the Route 128 corridor and many markets outside of Massachusetts. In addition to complex headquarters leases, we represent numerous companies in office leasing, subleasing and lease restructuring throughout the United States. For these representations, we often develop form leases, engage local counsel on an as-needed basis, and achieve efficiencies by centralizing negotiations.

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Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger

Vice Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6870 (t)

sean.boulger@wilmerhale.com

Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski

Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6948 (t)

paul.jakubowski@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

Representative transactions on the tenant side include:

  • Representing tenants in more major lease transactions than any Boston law firm within the past few years, including, among others:
    • 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 in New York for a law firm;
    • a 400,000-square-foot build-to-suit lease for an investment company in San Diego;
    • 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 one of the world's largest pharmaceutical company's on leasing of space in connection with shifting its major research headquarters from Europe to the United States.
  • Representing two of the world's largest retailers on dozens of ground leases and shopping center leases throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic.
  • Representing a sporting goods retailer in the negotiation of leases for stores in numerous states.
  • Representing a restaurant chain in connection with its expansion into New England.
  • Representing a publicly traded Internet service company in its real estate leasing throughout the United States and Europe, including its 200,000-square-foot headquarters lease in Cambridge, Massachusetts and numerous other leases in excess of 50,000 square feet.
  • Counseling numerous life sciences companies in their leasing of office laboratory space.

Representative transactions on the landlord side include:

  • Representing the landlord on leasing of a 400,000-square-foot life sciences campus in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • Representing the landlord on leasing a 400,000-square-foot life sciences building in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
  • 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-foot office laboratory space in New York; anchor lease with a healthcare institution for a 415,000-square-foot life sciences research facility in Boston; build-to-suit full building lease in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and 70,000-square-foot lease, also in Cambridge.
  • Advising on the leasing of a two-building office project to technology companies in La Jolla, California.

Publications & News

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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 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.

March 18, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Honors WilmerHale, Ranking Over 100 Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

One-hundred and two WilmerHale lawyers will be recognized in the eighth edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

February 16, 2010

Firm Helps Walden Woods Project Preserve Nature and History