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Mr. Last represents clients with respect to air, water and hazardous materials regulatory matters involving the United States Environmental Protection Agency and state and local governmental agencies.  He also represents clients with respect to solid waste management facility siting and operational issues and developers in connection with obtaining environmental approvals and performing environmental impact review for major projects.  Given his experience with both environmental and real estate issues, Mr. Last has been a leader with respect to Brownfields redevelopment initiatives, including the creative use of insurance products to control risk and facilitate redevelopment opportunities.


Mr. Last has advised businesses, colleges and universities and lending institutions regarding controlling environmental liability and performing environmental due diligence.  He has also worked with colleges and universities with respect to compliance auditing and environmental management systems.  He has assisted hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide with respect to asbestos identification, management and abatement issues and has been a leader with respect to legal issues associated with mold.  He has advised banks and other lenders with respect to managing potential environmental liability associated with loan origination and workouts.


Mr. Last has mediated and facilitated the resolution of two party and multi-party disputes involving environmental and real estate issues, as well as commercial disputes.


Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 34%
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 33%
  3. Real Estate: 33%

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Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster

160 Federal Street
13th, 14th, 15th Floors
Boston, MA, 02110


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2014
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2013
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2012
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2011
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2010
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2009
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2007
RecognitionWho's Who in American LawN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselRackemann, Sawyer & Brewster1999 - Present
PartnerMintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC1991 - 1999
PartnerGaston & Snow1984 - 1991
PartnerWarner & Stackpole1972 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Natural Resources SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Banking and Business Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Environmental Law Standing CommitteeMember1987 - 1991
Boston Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1984 - 1987
Boston Bar Association, Urban Affairs SectionChair1983 - 1987
Boston Bar Association, Municipal Planning Process CommitteeCo-chair1983 - 1987
Boston Bar Association, Environment CommitteeChair1979 - 1981
Publication nameTitleDate
New England’s EnvironmentFacilitating Brownfields Redevelopment Through the Strategic Use of Environmental Insurance2003
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMassachusetts Corporate Practice1992
Chief Executive MagazineToxic Torts Put CEO's at Risk1989
National Resources LawyerTort Law Implications of Hazardous Waste Facilities1984
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Lawrence UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1968