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My principal practice areas are real estate law and business law, with particular emphasis on commercial leasing, the acquisition, management and sale of properties, financing transactions, commercial loan workouts and residential and commercial development. My clients include commercial landlords and tenants of retail and office space, private and institutional lenders, hotel and restaurant operators and brokers. I am most proud of the fact that my clients often credit my responsiveness and business acumen with maximizing their business opportunities and minimizing their financial and legal risks. When not at work, I am active in the community. I am a member of the North Shore and Cape Ann Chambers of Commerce and have served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Wheelock Family Theatre and a board member of Newton Youth Soccer.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 65%
  2. Business: 35%

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Contact info

Bernkopf Goodman LLP

Two Seaport Lane
9th Floor
Boston, MA, 02210


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Massachusetts Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Massachusetts Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Massachusetts Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2011
Massachusetts Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2010
National Corporate Counsel Edition Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
National Corporate Counsel Edition Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Massachusetts Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2009
Massachusetts Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
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Massachusetts Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2007
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Massachusetts Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2006
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AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBernkopf Goodman, LLP1989 - Present
PartnerBrown Rudnick1984 - 1989
Law Clerk to Chief Justice John M. GreaneyMassachusetts Appeals Court1984 - 1984
Law Clerk to Chief Justice Allan M. HaleMassachusetts Appeals Court1983 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cape Ann Chamber of CommerceMember2009 - Present
North Shore Chamber of CommerceMember2010 - 2012
Boston Bar AssociationMember1997 - 2009
Newton Youth SoccerBoard Member1996 - 1998
Wheelock Family TheatreMember Advisory Board1981 - 2004
Publication nameTitleDate
Banker & TradesmanCapitalizing On New Maintenance And Expense Regulations In Real Estate2014
New England Real Estate JournalWho profits at the tap? The liquor licensing authorities want to know2014
New England Real Estate JournalChanging Landscape of Commercial Litigation2012
New England Real Estate JournalDo Landlords Guaranty Payment of Tenant-Contracted Improvements?2011
New England Real Estate JournalWhere's the Money?2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Wheelock CollegeEducationMS - Master of Science1976
Harvard CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Commercial Broker Association Panelist to commercial real estate brokersCommission Agreements and Other Ways to Protect Yourself: Tenant Representation, Commission Agreements, Broker Liability2014
New England Risk Management ConferenceEmerging Opportunities and a Return to Fundamentals2012
New England Risk Management ConferenceReducing Risks in Landlord/Tenant Relationship2012
National Association of Industrial and Office PropertiesReal Estate Law and The Ever Changing Commercial Landscape2012
Real Estate Breakfast SeminarRent in Lieu of Commission2011
Commercial Brokers AssociationReal Estate Ethics2011
CBA ProgramReal Estate Ethics2011