Biography

Howard L. Levin, a member/shareholder of the firm, concentrates on commercial real estate and business law and chairs the Commercial Real Estate Practice Group. Mr. Levin is a graduate of Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1978) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.A., magna cum laude, 1975). He represents owners, developers, tenants and lenders in connection with a wide range of real estate development, acquisition and sale, title, leasing, zoning, land use, subdivision control, finance and creditors’ rights matters. Mr. Levin represents clients before planning and zoning boards throughout Massachusetts, including appeals in state and federal courts. He represents landlords and tenants in connection with office, retail, restaurant and franchise leases. He has extensive experience in telecommunications facility siting under local, state and federal laws, including the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Mr. Levin also advises emerging and established business enterprises, including formation of corporations and limited liability companies, corporate finance, intellectual property, contracts and succession planning. He has served as general counsel to entrepreneurs and mature companies engaged in real estate, technology, service, and manufacturing ventures. Clients have included companies engaged in retail, hospitality and multi-family development, retail sales, restaurants, hotels, health clubs, software, biotechnology, telecommunications, and motion picture content distribution. He is active in community affairs and various charitable organizations and lives with his wife and children in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Representative Matters

$500MM Redevelopment of former Industrial Site into 1260 Unit Transit-Oriented Multi-Family Property in Boston Area Gateway Community.

$200MM Restructuring of Multi-state Commercial Loan Portfolio for Diversified Real Estate Company, and Execution of Multi-Year Plan of Disposition and Refinancing.

Negotiation of Leases for Planet Fitness Franchisees in Maine, Massachusetts and Georgia, and Development of New Locations under Area Development Agreements.

Negotiated Environmental Contamination settlement with the Mass. Attorney General’s Office and Department of Environmental Protection.

Corporate Campus Acquisition, Development and Expansion in Massachusetts.

Permitting and Development for Privately Owned and Managed Student Dormitory in Massachusetts.

Negotiated Sale of 61A Agricultural Property in Lexington, Massachusetts to the Town of Lexington.

$21MM Acquisition, Financing, Redevelopment and Sale of Retail Mall, Motel and Restaurant Property in Massachusetts.

Planned Redevelopment District Rezoning and Development of New Full Service Inn and Restaurant property in Suburban Boston.

$36MM CMBS multi-family portfolio acquisition and loan with Mezzanine Loan component for diversified developer client.

$33MM Acquisition and Financing of Rhode Island Office Tower for Private Equity Joint Venture

Acquisition and Redevelopment of Brownfield Property under Joint Development Agreement (Public-Private Partnership) with Municipality in Brunswick, Maine, and subsequent Development, Construction and Financing of Brunswick Rail Station and Transportation-Oriented Retail, Office, and Hotel Center.

$12MM Joint Venture Acquisition and Repositioning of Route 95/128 Full Service Hotel, via combination of Acquisition of Fee Ownership and Mortgage Note.

Acquisition, Development and Leasing of multiple retail and mixed use centers throughout New England

Pro Bono real estate matters for civic and religious organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and Temple Emunah of Lexington

Honors

Named a “New England Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine 2005-2017.

Named a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Business, Commercial, Real Estate Law and Zoning, Planning, and Land Use by Martindale-Hubbell.

Received the 2010 Civic Leadership Award from the Lexington, MA Chamber of Commerce.

Community Involvement

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Political Science Advisory Board

Mentor for the MIT Venture Mentoring Service

Chairperson of Lexington Center Streetscape Design Review Ad Hoc Committee

Member, Lexington Chamber of Commerce

Member, Lexington Center Committee, Lexington, MA

Professional Affiliations

Boston Bar Association: Real Estate Section, Past Chairman; Condominium and Cooperative Law Committee, Past Chairman

Massachusetts Bar Association

Real Estate Bar Association

The Abstract Club of Massachusetts

International Council of Shopping Centers