James B. Heffernan, an associate with the firm, practices in the area of commercial real estate, land use, and corporate law. Mr. Heffernan has represented owners and developers in commercial and residential projects, from the purchase and sale of property to applying for the appropriate zoning, wetlands and planning permits. Mr. Heffernan also advises individuals and small businesses in the formation of corporations and limited liability companies, obtaining financing, negotiation and drafting of contracts and leases, and obtaining business permits, including liquor licenses before the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and special permits before various city and town boards or committees.

Mr. Heffernan also has experience in advising clients in the structuring of commercial loan transactions with “regional centers” under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990 and administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security and has also represented clients in bankruptcy and the refinancing of company debt. He was previously an associate at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, Bacon Wilson, P.C., and Duane Morris LLP.

Mr. Heffernan is proficient in written and spoken Mandarin. He lives with his wife and two sons in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Representative Matters

Represented a Chinese investor in the $6 million dollar purchase of real estate in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Represented New Spin Digital, Inc. in connection with several professional services agreements, management employment matters, and other general corporate advice.

Represented a South Shore developer in the $4 million dollar sale of commercial property in Brockton, Massachusetts.

Represented Temple Emunah in the acquisition of real estate in Lexington, Massachusetts, for use as a second parsonage.

Represented NetVirta, Inc. in its corporate conversion from an LLC and formation of a stock option plan.

Represented a local developer in the acquisition of mixed used property located in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Advised abutters to a commercial development in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Represented a commercial developer in a $4.3 million dollar loan in connection with retail property in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Represented a commercial developer in a $900 thousand dollar construction loan for tenant improvements in Portland, Maine.

Represented condo associations throughout Massachusetts in collection of condo fees and issues involving the condominium lien law and special assessments.

Represented JCG Foods in winning an auction in connection with an $80 million sale under section 363 of the bankruptcy code, obtaining bankruptcy court approval of the sale and entering into an Asset Purchase Agreement.

Represented the Chapter 11 Trustee in The Mattapan Community Development Corporation Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Represented commercial landlords and tenants in successful negotiations in office, manufacturing, retail, and other general commercial leases.

Appealed Amherst Building Inspector’s cease and desist order before the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals on behalf of a national organization.

Obtained permits, including a liquor license, in Danvers, Massachusetts for a national food-chain.

Represented a multimillion dollar start-up with the purchase of commercial property and permitting for its new store, restaurant, and factory.

Represented a major gas station and convenience store retailer before various city and town boards throughout Massachusetts.

Successfully negotiated a long-term ground lease for a private developer in the retail sector.

Represented a private commercial developer in an $8 million refinance regarding a multi-use development in Brunswick, Maine.


Named a “Super Lawyers New England Rising Star” for Real Estate by Boston Magazine in 2013 and 2014.

Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Executive Editor

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Speaker, "Collection Law and Bankruptcy Law," National Business Institute CLE Seminar, Springfield, Mass., April 24, 2012.

Frequent Guest Lecturer, Advance Business Law, Boston University, School of Management, 2012-present.

Community Involvement

Citizens Schools Eighth Grade Academy, Teacher/Mentor, 2008-2009

M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, Teacher, 2008-2010

Pioneer Valley Young Democrats, Political Director, 2011-2012

Professional Affiliations

Boston Bar Association

Real Estate Bar Association

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

New England Chinese Information and Networking Association