Biography

Erica P. Bigelow, Counsel, concentrates on real estate and business transactions and litigation. Her transactional practice includes representation of both lenders and developers/owners. As developer counsel, she has represented individual and corporate developers in a variety of commercial and multi-family residential projects, from property identification and due diligence, through zoning, wetlands and planning permits, to acquisition and construction financing. She advises solo-preneurs and small businesses, including formation of corporations and limited liability companies, financing, intellectual property, negotiation of contracts, leases, work-for-hire and other agreements. Ms. Bigelow’s litigation practice focuses on contract disputes relating to real estate, including construction contracts, partnership agreements, permit appeals, and title matters, including easements, adverse possession and lien priority issues.

She is one of the principal drafters of historic legislation which reformed, modernized, and expanded the Massachusetts Homestead Act.

Representative Matters

Represent sellers and purchasers in property development and purchase and sale disputes, and owners in boundary and easement disputes and post-Ibanez matters

Regularly act as local opinion counsel in Massachusetts and Rhode Island on multi-state commercial property acquisition and financing matters

Represent national company in both acquisition of new facilities, and disposition of obsolete real property assets in multiple states, including oversight of environmental review and remediation, negotiation of leases and licenses with abutters.

Regularly represent commercial tenants in negotiation of office and facility leases, from California to Florida, and commercial property owners in negotiation with end user retail and commercial tenants.

Represented Buyer in acquisition and financing of multi-location retail fuel facility chain, including title review and negotiation of title insurance coverages, affirmative insurance, environmental due diligence, negotiation of environmental agreements and indemnities with seller, lease reviews, and negotiation of new consignee agreements.

Honors

Awarded the highest ranking by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (AV – Legal Ability Rating: Very High to Preeminent).

Named a "New England Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine 2013-2017, and as a “Top Woman Attorney in Massachusetts” by Boston Magazine in April 2014.

Named a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law by Martindale-Hubbell.

Named a "New England Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine in 2015 and 2016.

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Co-author and Assistant Editor, Massachusetts Foreclosures (MCLE 1990)

Zoning and Land Use: Local Zoning, Smart Growth and Affordable Housing – Lorman, February 27, 2003

Be It Ever So Humble . . . What the New Homestead Legislation Will Mean for Your Clients – REBA Conference, November 3, 2008

Overview of the New Homestead Reform Legislation – MCLE, February 14, 2011 Presenter:

Putting the New Homestead Act into Practice – REBA Conference, May 2, 2011

Community Involvement

Senior Partners for Justice/Volunteer Lawyers Project – 2010 to present

Member of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts 2011-2012

Member of the Legislation Committee of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts 2003-2012; Co-Chair 2011-2012

Professional Affiliations

Named a "New England Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine in 2015 and 2016.

Rhode Island Bar Association

Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts

Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association