Robert F. Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Special Counsel

Fitzpatrick Jr., Robert F.

Bob Fitzpatrick is a highly regarded counselor with a practice focusing on environmental, real estate and administrative law. He is best known for crafting creative solutions to high-profile matters involving management of environmental risks, development permitting, regulatory compliance and enforcement. For more than 20 years, Mr. Fitzpatrick has advised private and publicly traded corporations, REITs, nonprofits, municipalities developers and investors. Mr. Fitzpatrick's practice covers real estate and corporate transactions, administrative litigation and enforcement defense. He recently completed a two-year term as co-chair of the Environmental and Energy Section of the Boston Bar Association. He also served as an adjunct professor of environmental law at Suffolk University Law School for 10 years and co-authored the annual update to Administrative Law and Practice in the Massachusetts Practice Series.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of environmental law and real estate law 
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in environmental, land use/zoning and administrative law in the 2005 and 2008-2017 issues of Boston Magazine


  • "Five Essentials for Managing Deal Risk," WilmerHale Energy Sector Alert Series (February 2016) (with Bonnie Heiple and Dave Gold)
  • "Annual Supplement to Massachusetts Administrative Law & Practice," West Publishing (1996-2007) (with Gerald McDonough and Laura Cella)
  • "On Reorganization, Budget Cuts and Revenue Sources," New England Environment (March/April 2003) (with Rob Tuchmann)
  • "Looming Budget Cuts Challenge MassDEP," New England Environment (November/December 2002) (with Rob Kirsch)
  • "MassDEP Proposes Wave 2 Revisions to Cleanup Regulations," New England Environment (February 2002) (with Scott Cernich and Rob Kirsch)
  • "Draft Surface Water Discharge Permits—The Need to Comment," New England Environment (Summer 2001) (with Rob Kirsch)
  • "Safeguarding Impartial Adjudication of Environmental Appeals," New England Environment (Autumn 2001) (with Rob Kirsch)
  • "MassDEP to Consider Environmental Management Systems in Enforcement Settlements," New England Environment (Spring 2001) (with Rob Kirsch)
  • "MassDEP's Evolving Policy on Web Publicity of Enforcement Actions," New England Environment (November/December 2000) (with Rob Kirsch)
  • "Surface Water Discharge Permits—NPDES Delegation," New England Environment (August 1999) (with Rob Kirsch)
  • "MEPA: Tailoring the Scope of Review to Environmental Impact," New England Environment (June 1999) (with Rob Kirsch and Pat van der Voorn)
  • "Chapter 21E and Downgradient Property Status," New England Environment (April 1999) (with Rob Kirsch)
  • "Massachusetts Regulatory Update [Consent Order Issues]," New England Environment (March 1999) (with Rob Kirsch)
  • "Limits on Lender and Fiduciary Liability," WilmerHale Client Alert, December 1, 1996 (with Mark Kalpin, Rob Kirsch, John Regan and Rob Tuchmann)
  • "Review of the American Bar Association's 'Environmental Law Manual,'" Bimonthly Review of Law Books (September-October 1993)
  • "Review of 'The Future of Liberal Revolution,' by Bruce Ackerman," Bimonthly Review of Law Books (July-August 1993)
  • "Review of 'Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and President Andrew Johnson,' by Hon. William H. Rehnquist," Bimonthly Review of Law Books (March-April 1993)
  • "Review of 'Environmental Management for Business and Corporations,' by Lawrence Schnapf," Bimonthly Review of Law Books (November-December 1992)
  • "Politics and Impeachment," 26 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 1237 (1992)
  • "Review of Product Liability Law for Engineers by Linda Enghagen," 26 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 583 (1992)
  • "Development of Massachusetts Law Governing the Disposition of Evicted Tenants' Property," 25 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 1109 (1991)
  • "On-Site Wastewater Management in a Utility Framework," New England Water Pollution Control Federation (1989)
  • "Wastewater Management Alternatives Study: Bonnie Brier Area," University of San Francisco Master's Thesis (1985)


Publications & News


August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

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.

June 11, 2014

Attorneys and Staff Participate in Best Buddies Challenge

On May 31, a group of attorneys and staff from the Boston and Waltham offices took on the Best Buddies Challenge, biking distances of up to 100 miles from Boston to Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.

May 30, 2013

WilmerHale Team Places First in Lawyers Have Heart Boston 5K for Second Consecutive Year

On May 28, a team of WilmerHale lawyers and staff participated in the 6th Annual Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race and Summer Celebration and placed first for the second consecutive year.

January 3, 2012

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

February 1, 2002

DEP Proposes Wave 2 Revisions to Cleanup Regulations

by Scott Cernich, Rob Kirsch and Robert Fitzpatrick

December 1, 1996

Limits on Lender and Fiduciary Liability

On September 30, 1996, the Asset Conservation, Lender Liability and Deposit Insurance Protection Act of 1996 (Act) was signed. The limits on lender and fiduciary liability. The key provisions of the Act. Limits of the Act and additional considerations.

Recent Highlights

  • Representation of Cumberland Farms in connection with the sale of its Gulf Oil business. including 12 fuel oil terminals and 250 retail gasoline stations.
  • Representation of a retailer in connection with the permitting and development of more than two million square feet of retail space at more than 40 new and expanded stores sites.
  • Representation of a solid waste management company in connection with the expansion of a solid waste transfer station in vigorously contested state and local permit proceedings and the subsequent sale of the facility.
  • Representation of a publicly traded REIT in its acquisition, entitlement,  development, financing and leasing of 1,700,000 square feet of laboratory, office and residential space in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Representation of an auto salvage and recycling company in connection with the sale of its salvage business and real estate assets.
  • Defense of an enforcement action concerning RCRA compliance at more than 40 locations.  
  • Defense of a $5 million CERCLA cost recovery claim pressed against a utility by two state agencies.
  • Counseling in connection with numerous brownfield redevelopments, including redevelopment of a World War II-era steel manufacturing facility, on matters of regulatory compliance, environmental insurance and brownfield tax credits.
  • Representation of a client in obtaining a surface water discharge permit from federal and state permitting officials that included the first of its kind pollutant-trading condition.
  • Representation of PRPs in Superfund proceedings at numerous Superfund sites and counseling in connection with PCBs cleanups governed by TSCA. 

Professional Activities

  • Co-Chairman of the Environmental and Energy Section of the Boston Bar Association (2014-2016)
  • Co-Chairman of the Environmental Litigation Committee of the Boston Bar Association (2010-2012)
  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law, Suffolk University Law School (1995-2007)
  • Member of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Task Force on Groundwater Permitting (2007-2008)
  • Past Chairman, Town of Duxbury Zoning By-Law Review Committee
  • Past Chairman, Town of Duxbury Cable Advisory Committee
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts
  • Member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations


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JD, cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1992, Editor-in-Chief, Suffolk University Law Review

MS, Environmental Management, University of San Francisco, 1985

BS, Civil Engineering, Tufts University, 1981

Bar Admissions


United States Supreme Court


The Hon. Joseph R. Nolan, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1992 - 1993

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