Jim represents local, national and international clients in all facets of real estate, including purchase and sale of property, condominiums, obtaining state and local zoning/permitting approvals, leasing, joint venture development agreements, construction contracts, and commercial and private financing.
Jim’s practice covers multifamily, retail, industrial, hospitality, entertainment, and technology industries.
Drawing on his experience living and working in Beijing, China, Jim provides a unique cultural understanding between US and Chinese businesses. Jim is proficient in written and spoken Mandarin.
Jim is also a part-time adjunct professor at Boston University Questrom School of Business and a co-founder of Navem Partners LLC, a real estate development company.
Awards & Honors
- Named a “Super Lawyers New England Rising Star” for Real Estate by Thomson Reuters, 2013-2019.
- Named a “Boston Rising Star” by National Law Journal, 2015.
- Represented a large regional bank in the $13 million dollar refinancing of apartment buildings in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Represented a Chinese investor in a joint venture with a local developer for the acquisition and development of a $120 million mixed use development in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
- Represented a joint venture development of 16 condominium units in South Boston.
- Represented a local developer in their $7 million dollar acquisition of a ground lease development in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- Represented a regional developer in their $10 million sale of a light industrial property in Portland, Maine.
- Represented a restaurant tenant with a complex lease regarding a boutique hotel located in downtown Boston.
Articles & Talks
- Chinese Investment in Boston Commercial Real Estate Expected to Continue, by James B. Heffernan, New England Real Estate Journal, March 2016
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2007; Executive Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.
- Boston University, B.A., cum laude, 2004
- District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Outside the Office
- Jim lived in Beijing, China, where he learned to speak Mandarin Chinese and worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
- Jim lives with his wife and two boys in Quincy, Massachusetts. He regularly takes his family camping in the summer and skiing in the winter.