Biography

Danielle Justo is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group and Tax & Estate Planning Group.  She has been admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2002.  Danielle joined the firm in 2014 after practicing commercial real estate law in Cambridge and Plymouth.  She represents clients in a variety of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, financing, leasing, tax abatements, land use and development, business formation, and commercial lending, as well as estate and asset planning and probate matters. Danielle is certified by the National Association of Development Companies to provide expedited Small Business Association 504 Loan closings. She represent lenders, Certified Development Companies, and business owners for SBA 504 Loans and 7(a) Loans. She is a Trustee of Federal Furnace Cranberry Company in Carver, a member of the Ocean Spray cooperative.  She is a certified assessor and a former member of the Board of Assessors for the Town of Stoughton.

She was awarded a JD/MBA from Boston College (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and English, Cum Laude) from the University of Pennsylvania (1998).  Her team won first place in the Boston College Carroll School of Business’s Business Plan Competition.

In addition to her practice, Danielle volunteers to help meet the affordable housing needs of deserving families on the South Shore.  She is the co-chair of the Site Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth, Inc. and a member of the Corporate Advisory Board. She leads the committee in researching sites for builds, acquiring land from towns, obtaining grants for construction, permitting, and overseeing the project through state affordability approvals to closing.  Danielle serves on the Board of Governors for the Stoughton YMCA.  Danielle is also a member of CREW, REBA, NE500, the Boston Club, and the Abstract Club.  She lives in Stoughton with her husband and two children.

Representative Matters

Represented private investors in 65-acre multifamily mixed use development, including easement work, land assembly, deregistration of parcels, zoning code amendment, MBTA agreements, railroad right of way work, title quagmires.

Represented Tribe in simultaneous 151-acre reservation land and 171-acre proposed Casino land comprised of seven owners, 12 parcels and registered and unregistered land.

Represented private developer in acquisition of former Greek embassies in NYC and DC from HRADF, including government clearance corporate documentation.

Represented family-run manufactured homes communities with business reorganization by structuring leasing arrangements and creating operating entities allowing streamlined business practices and gifting programs.

Represented institutional and private lenders in multi-million dollar real estate and asset-based loans and work-outs.

Represented high net worth individuals in supervising operations and land planning for significant real estate holdings in four states and implemented estate planning techniques for other substantial assets.

Represented waterfront property owners throughout Massachusetts in real estate tax appeals. Organized neighborhood groups of over assessed waterfront property owners and filed abatements and appeals, presented and negotiated with Boards of Assessors, resulting in across the board 42% reduction in property assessments in Chappaquiddick for 104 parcels, in addition to other significant settlements on South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

Represented commercial real estate developer in purchases and sales of office, retail and warehouse facilities, including analyzing leases and restrictions, title, zoning and multi-million dollar financing and refinancing and asset-sales.

Represented business operator in coordinating sale of real estate via $9,000,000 option agreement, conducted extensive probate research to locate missing heirs and purchase fee interests, revived 1923 owner corporation, resulting in significant added value to remainder parcel.

Obtained three liquor licenses and subsequent alterations and transfers for private golf course in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Represented family compound heir in conducting extensive title and zoning research to reach creative solutions to development, represented at Conservation Commission, historic committee, Zoning Board of Appeals, Building Code Board hearings.

Represented philanthropic investor in acquisition of 17 eminent domain taking and tax title parcels from City and construction of affordable housing in land-swap exchange for Church.

Honors

Named a “New England Super Lawyer Rising Star” by Boston Magazine 2013-2016.

Received Habitat for Humanity’s “Hammer Award” in 2009 and “Post & Beane Award” in 2013.

Nominated as Business Person of the Year in 2009 by Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Faculty and Presenter - Easements, Covenants, and Restrictions, MCLE, February 15, 2017

Community Involvement

Board of Trustees, Federal Furnace Cranberry Company

YMCA - Board of Governors, Stoughton Branch

Co-chair of the Site Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth, Inc. and a former board member

Formerly Served on Board of Assessors, Town of Stoughton