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Sean T. Boulger

Partner

Vice Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean Boulger, vice chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, focuses his practice on a wide range of real estate transactions and development projects. He represents numerous investors, developers and operators in joint ventures, acquisitions, developments, leases, and financing transactions across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes. Key knowledge areas include the following:

Multi-family Housing

Mr. Boulger represents investors, developers and operators of multi-family housing projects across the United States. His experience includes the formation of joint ventures to acquire, develop and operate multi-family projects, as well as financing with conventional lenders, life insurance companies, government-sponsored enterprises and securitized lenders.

Office

Mr. Boulger represents institutional owners and developers of office projects, including office-lab buildings, on acquisitions, developments, financings, joint ventures, sales and leasing. Representative projects include the formation of joint ventures to recapitalize major office-lab projects in Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California for publicly-traded REIT.

Seniors Housing

Mr. Boulger has extensive experience in the seniors housing industry. On the operating side, his clients include Benchmark Senior Living, LLC, which owns and operates more than fifty seniors housing communities in which he has been involved in the acquisition, development and financing. On the investment side, he represents private equity funds which joint venture with prominent operators to acquire, develop and reposition seniors housing projects.

Retail

Mr. Boulger represents investors, developers and operators of retail projects. His clients include institutional investors, as well as Fortune 100 big-box operators, which he represents on numerous acquisition, leasing and development projects.

Industrial

Mr. Boulger is experienced in the acquisition and development of industrial warehouse projects for various investors including REITs.

Leasing

Mr. Boulger has extensive experience representing office landlords and tenants. Among other matters, he has negotiated major corporate headquarter leases on behalf of tenants, and has handled numerous lease workouts for landlords and tenants.

Design and Construction Contracts

Mr. Boulger has expertise representing owners and developers on design and construction projects. He has represented clients on numerous office, hotel, multi-family and senior housing projects, and manufacturing facilities.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized for his "technical and market knowledge, patience, ability to be both practical and consultative, and extremely pleasant demeanor" in the 2013-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his real estate practice, with clients saying "he's a good-quality, careful lawyer who is a pleasure to [work] with" and who "continues to distinguish himself"
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2008-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law
  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the The Legal 500 United States for his real estate practice
  • Recipient of WilmerHale's Reginald Heber Smith Award for Public Service
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in real estate in the 2006-2017 issues of Boston Magazine

Publications & News

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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.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

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.

August 10, 2009

100 WilmerHale Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010

Speaking Engagements

Recent Highlights

  • Recapitalization of a $370 million office-lab project for a publicly-traded REIT
  • Formation of a joint venture between a leading private equity fund and a seniors housing management company to develop assisted living and memory care facilities in New Hampshire and Rhode Island

Professional Activities

Mr. Boulger's clients include numerous not-for-profit corporations, including Pine Street Inn, as well as Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation and Fields Corner Community Development Corporation, which develop affordable housing in Allston, Brighton and Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Community Involvement

Mr. Boulger is a co-leader of the firm's public interest partnership with Cathedral High School, an inner-city parochial school in Boston’s South End. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Cathedral High School. Mr. Boulger is a graduate of the 2001 Lead Boston Class of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

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Education

JD, Harvard Law School, 1992

BA, Economics, Harvard University, 1989

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

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