Matthew W. Gaines

Published on: June 17, 2013

Areas of focus: Condominium Law; Commercial and Residential Real Estate Acquisition and Development; and Legislative Action

Matt is a Partner in our Condominium Practice Group and Real Estate DepartmentMatt’s primary focus is in general condominium law as well as commercial and residential real estate acquisition, development and lending. As an attorney in the firm’s Condominium Law practice, Matt focuses on the review, drafting and amending of condominium documents, lien enforcement actions, enforcement of documents, and general real estate issues faced by condominium and community associations (easements, cost-sharing agreements, boundary disputes, zoning issues, etc.).  In addition, Matt frequently advises condominium and community associations with respect to fair housing and discrimination matters, including requests for reasonable accommodations and modifications for disabilities. Matt has represented many condominium and community associations before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

In addition to the practice of condominium law, Matt also handles all aspects for commercial and residential real estate transactions, including purchase and sale agreements, development issues, financing, zoning matters, and title examinations.

Matt is also active in the firm’s and CAI’s legislative activities and advocacy.  Matt tracks legislation and regulations at the state and local levels which could impact condominiums and community associations.  Matt frequently testifies at the Massachusetts State House on behalf of the condominium and community association industry.

Matt frequently writes and lectures on a variety of topics related to condominium law and legislative action.

EDUCATION

  • Connecticut College (2001)
  • New England School of Law (2008)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Community Association’s Institute (New England)
    • Massachusetts Legislative Action Committee (Chair)
    • Massachusetts Attorneys’ Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association

ADMISSIONS

  • Massachusetts

NOTABLE

  • Recipient of the 2009 CAI-NE Volunteer Award for his efforts in ensuring the passage of legislation that exempts many condominiums from the corporate excise tax.
  • Recipient of the 2014 CAI-NE Outstanding Service Award
  • Recipient of the 2015 CAI-NE Excellence in Government & Public Affairs
  • Recipient of the 2018 CAI-NE Special Achievement Award for Advancing the Interests of Community Associations

PUBLICATIONS

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