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Robert J. Gaines

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Robert J. Gaines, Esq. is a practicing attorney and principal of Robert J. Gaines, Attorney At Law and Ridgefield Valuation in Waltham, MA, which concentrate on ad valorem law and property tax representation. He has had extensive experience filing, and negotiating property tax abatements on behalf of commercial and industrial property owners before local Massachusetts assessors, and has provided legal representation in over 4,000 property tax appeals before local Board of Assessors and the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. He handles all types of commercial property tax matters includng office, retail, industrial and large residential cases. He has a particular speciality in affordable housing property tax matters, and property's affected by environmental contamination.


Prior to his work in this field, Attorney Gaines was an Assistant Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Public Protection Bureau, and later was a General Partner for a Massachusetts real estate development company.


Attorney Gaines prides himself on his high level of client attention and accessibility. He treats every appeal as if it was his most important case, and has an impeccable record of success in excess of 95%. His company Ridgefield Valuation, which represents clients at the local assessor level has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 100%
    26 years, 4 thousand cases



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Attorney at Law

1077 Lexington Street
Ste. 205
Waltham, MA, 02452


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalRobert J. Gaines, Attorney At Law2015 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boston Bar Association Property Tax GroupN/A2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Property tax appealsProperty tax abatement for client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England Law BostonLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New England Real Estate ExpoProperty Taxes & Affordable housing2010