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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Dean's Award||New England Law Boston||1977|
|Graduated with Cum Laude honors||New England Law Boston||1977|
|Principal||Robert J. Gaines, Attorney At Law||1990 - Present|
|Principal||Ridgefield Associates||1985 - 1990|
|Assistant Attorney General||Mass. Attorney General's Office||1980 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Boston Bar Association Property Tax Group||N/A||2012 - Present|
|New England Law Boston Law Review||Proposed Masschusetts Nutritional Labeling Regulations: Confronting the Question of Federal Preemption.||1977|
|New England Law Boston||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|George Washington University||American Studies||BA||1973|
|New England Real Estate Expo||Property Taxes & Affordable housing||2010|