Published on: October 18, 2017
Areas of focus: Real Estate Acquisition, Development and Land Use; Zoning; Subdivision; Condominium Law; Leasing and Finance; Resort, Timeshare and Interval Ownership
Doug is a partner in the firm, concentrating in all aspects of Massachusetts real estate law, including real estate acquisition, development and operation. He is also one of a small number of attorneys in New England with extensive experience in the development and operation of time-share, resort and interval ownership communities. During a legal career spanning almost four decades, Doug has represented hundreds of real estate developers, lenders, condominium associations and timeshare associations in the entire gamut of transactions, legal disputes and business challenges they encounter.
Doug also works closely with the firm’s Litigation Group, developing strategy for pursuing and settling zoning and land use appeals, disputes between neighboring landowners, condominium governance and enforcement issues, and construction defect claims, among other matters.
Doug has established a broad-based practice in the condominium and commercial real estate fields, with a client list that includes some of the leading developers, investors, lenders and condominium associations in the region and the nation, many of them referrals from other attorneys. He has been involved in the development and operation of some of New England’s most creative and complex commercial, residential, mixed-use and resort projects.
Active for many years in the Community Associations Institute and the American Resort Development Association, Doug is widely recognized for his contributions to the evolution of real estate law and practice in Massachusetts, particularly in the condominium and resort ownership areas. He has written and lectured widely on topics related to real estate development, condominium law and time-share ownership and development.
- Hamilton College, Magna Cum Laude (1976)
- Boston University School of Law (1979)
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association
- American Resort Development Association
- Community Associations Institute (National)
- Community Associations Institute (New England)
- President (1993)
- Executive Board Member (1991-1994)
- Chairman, Attorney’s Committee (1994)
- Co-chairman, Legislative Action Committee (1993)
- Community Associations Institute-Western New York Chapter President (1983-1984)
- Executive Board Member (1981-1985)
- Recognized eleven times as a Massachusetts/New England Super Lawyer.
- Admitted to the Community Associations Institute’s “College of Community Association Lawyers” (One of approximately 150 attorneys nationally recognized by CAI for career contributions to and achievements in condominium law).
- Participated with other attorneys, industry professionals and legislators in the drafting of a comprehensive revision of the Massachusetts Condominium Act (Chapter 400 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Acts of 1992), as well as subsequent amendments to the Massachusetts Condominium Act and the Massachusetts Time-Share Act.
- Co-authored amicus brief submitted on behalf of the Community Associations Institute in The Trustees of Prince Condominium v. Prosser(1993), resulting in a landmark Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision affirming enforcement remedies for condominium associations in Massachusetts.
- Co-author (with partner Stephen M. Marcus) of chapter and legal forms entitled “Condominiums and Homeowners’ Associations” in Massachusetts Continuing Legal Association (MCLE) two-volume legal treatise, Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts, published 2003 and updated continuously thereafter.
- Member of Advisory Board, and frequent contributor to, Community Association Management Insider, a national newsletter aimed at condominium and homeowner association managers.
- Member of The Abstract Club.
PUBLICATIONS AND EVENTS
A popular author and speaker, Doug writes articles frequently and appears regularly on panels, seminars and continuing education programs sponsored by industry organizations, including: CAI/National, CAI/New England, CAI/Western New York, the American Resort Development Association (New England Chapter), the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the National Business Institute, and the Institute of Real Estate Management (Boston Chapter). A representative sample of his publications and speaking engagements includes the following:
- Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE):
- Co-author of Chapter on “Condominiums and Homeowner Associations” in two-volume treatise on Real Estate Titles
- “Litigation Against Condominium Developers,” 1995 Seminar Program, written materials
- “Sweeping Condominium Law Changes,” 1993 Seminar Program, speaker and author of written materials
- Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association (REBA):
- 2003 Spring Seminar (Condominium Issues)
- 2012 Spring Seminar (Condominium Issues)
- 2014 Seminar on Homeowner Associations in Residential Subdivision
- National Business Institute (NBI):
- “Legal Aspects of Condominium Development and Homeowners’ Associations in Massachusetts,” 2003 Seminar Program, speaker and author of written materials
- “Massachusetts Condominium Law,” 1996 Seminar Program, speaker and author of written materials
- New England Condominium Magazine:
- “A Developer’s Checklist: Ten Things to Understand About Condominiums Before You Build One” (2007)
- “Whose Property Is It? Supreme Court to Decide Landmark Eminent Domain Case” (2005)
- “Supreme Court’s Kelo Decision Was Predictable, But Disappointing” (2005)
- Community Associations Institute (CAI):
- Numerous speaking engagements and written seminar materials over the past 35 years for CAI National, CAI/New England Chapter and CAI/Western New York Chapter, including numerous magazine articles for Condo Media magazine
- Boston Bar Association:
- “Regulatory Takings: The Property Owner’s Perspective,” 1997 Seminar Program, speaker and author of written materials