Welcome to Massachusetts Land Use Monitor! This blog is published by Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, P.C., a Boston law firm with a 125-year tradition of excellence in all facets of real estate law and litigation. Each week our attorney-authors survey the legal landscape for court decisions and other developments in Massachusetts land use, zoning and real estate law, as well as related legislation, regulations and policies, and report on them here. We hope you’ll visit often and make Massachusetts Land Use Monitor your go-to source for coverage of developments in Massachusetts land use, zoning and real estate law. And don’t just visit — join the conversation by posting a comment or letting us know if we’ve missed something important. We look forward to the exchange.
About the Authors
Rich Gallogly is a director of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster and co-chair of its Environmental and Land Use Group. Rich has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of land use permitting and real estate development. He represents both individual real estate developers and large development companies in all aspects of land use and real estate development, including site acquisition, zoning, subdivision, wetlands, historic preservation and environmental impact review.
Rich is a recognized expert in land use law. For over 10 years, he has authored a quarterly commentary of Land Court decisions published in the Land Court Reporter. Rich is a contributing author of two chapters (Enforcement of Zoning Appeals and Subdivision Control Law) of the Zoning Manual published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Rich is a member of the Abstract Club, the Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), and the Boston Bar Association. Before law school, Rich served as Director of the Community Development Block Grant Program for the Town of Canton, Connecticut.
Gordon Orloff has practiced real estate and commercial litigation at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster since 1986. He has represented developers, title insurance companies and individuals in all manner of real estate disputes, including zoning and Chapter 40B appeals, disagreements over purchase and sale agreements, tax liens, title questions, adverse possession, boundary and easement conflicts, land registration and partition actions, and Chapter 91 matters.
Gordon has appeared before the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court and the Land Court, as well as in the Superior Court and the federal district court.
Gordon has served on the panels of, and written materials for, “Litigating Real Estate Disputes” seminars sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
Michael W. Parker is a member of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster’s Environmental and Land Use Group. He previously served as Senior Enforcement Counsel at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He represents clients before EPA and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regarding the federal Superfund statute and its Massachusetts analogue (known as Chapter 21E), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, RCRA, EPCRA, the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, and the Massachusetts Water Management Act. He provides advice on zoning and permitting, including the Boston Article 80 permitting process and Chapter 91 waterfront issues.
Michael manages due diligence for significant real estate and corporate transactions, including review of environmental conditions and permitting compliance, and the assessment of potential environmental liability. He counsels clients on brownfields redevelopment, Chapter 21E cost recovery actions, and environmental insurance. Michael also negotiates retail leases and purchase and sale agreements.
Don Pinto is a director of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of land use and real estate litigation. He has represented individual and corporate clients in hundreds of land use cases in the Massachusetts trial and appellate courts, ranging from the defense of zoning and other land use approvals, to disputes over access and ownership, to cases involving wetlands and other environmental issues.
Don has been an avid follower of Massachusetts land use law since the mid-1980s, when, after graduating from law school, he served a two-year clerkship for Judge John E. Fenton, Jr. of the Massachusetts Land Court. Don is a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association (REBA), and is co-chair of REBA’s Litigation Committee. In addition to blogging, Don speaks on real estate topics at continuing legal education programs sponsored by REBA, the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.