Greg is a member of the firm’s real estate and environmental groups.
Greg provides strategic counseling to corporations, developers, investors, lenders,
public utilities and private owners in connection with complex commercial real estate
transactions, environmental and permitting and land use projects.
Prior to joining Tarlow Breed Hart and Rodgers as a partner in 2009, Greg was a
partner at DLA Piper, LLC, a global law firm. With 25 years of experience,
Greg’s practice encompasses all phases of real estate development, from purchase
and sales to managing environmental issues, financing and leasing.
Greg assists clients with the purchase and sale of contaminated properties, liability
transfers, brownfields re-development, environmental insurance and environmental
indemnities. He works with clients to develop business strategies related
to environmental impact review processes, permitting (e.g., wetlands, groundwater
discharge, transportation, public sewage connections, air plan reviews), and acquiring
local land use approvals including special permits, variances, subdivision and rezoning
for a wide variety of projects. His work includes office and industrial properties,
multi-family residential and mixed-use developments, a liquefied natural gas terminal,
a gas-fired electric power generation plant, and alternative energy facilities.
Alongside his environmental work, Greg guides clients through the complex process
of legislative and regulatory policy development and drafting.
Greg’s real estate work includes complex property easement and structuring
agreements for subdivisions and vertical parcel creation. He negotiates and drafts
complex easements, covenants, development agreements, nested condominiums, options,
ground leases, joint venture agreements, master planning agreements and conservation
restrictions. He also manages the review of titles and plans and negotiates title
insurance policies. Greg has negotiated and closed well over $1billion worth of
commercial real estate loan facilities and workouts.
- Conceived and structured the environmental liability transfer arrangements for and
negotiated manuscripted, $10 million environmental liability insurance policies
with each of Kemper, Zurich and AIG which permitted the successful redevelopment
of Kendall Square, Cambridge MA, a 10-acre former manufactured gas plant adjacent
to MIT. Subsequently, this property won the 2006 US EPA Phoenix Award for
best Brownfield redevelopment in America.
- Negotiated and documented the $230 million joint venture between Lyme Properties
and Scottish Widows, creating the equity investment vehicle for numerous life science
developments in Boston and Cambridge.
- Planned, negotiated and drafted the comprehensive, multi-phase, multi-parcel cross
easement agreement with a nested condominium and shared parking garage operating
agreement for the Center for Life Science Boston. This 1.3 million square
foot, high-rise biotech center adjacent to Harvard Medical School is fully leased
and was sold at the highest per square foot price ever achieved for a building in
- Produced and implemented the strategy for the successful expedited permitting of
Edgewood, the first major 40R smart growth project brought to market in Massachusetts.
This 400-unit residential apartment complex is located on a portion of a former
state hospital property. The rezoning of the property for by-right redevelopment
received a unanimous Town Meeting vote.
- Served as pro bono counsel for a local land trust, structuring and closing numerous
transactions (including both outright acquisitions and conservation restrictions
with public trail rights) resulting in the permanent open space preservation of
over 530 acres of land between 2000 and 2010.
- Developed key elements of, and key evidence convincing the Legislature to adopt,
the Expedited Permitting Act of 2006, including the Permitting Session of the Land
Court and revisions to chapter 40A, the Massachusetts Zoning Act, to prevent appeals
from blocking the effectiveness of Special Permits.
- Drafted critical portions of the 2007 Act Restoring the Exemption from Chapter 91
Licensing for Landlocked Tidelands. This took place on the heels of the Supreme
Judicial Court invalidating the DEP regulatory exemption of landlocked tidelands
from licensing. Subsequently guided the litigation strategy for the case (Moot II)
in which the SJC upheld the 2007 Act against a challenge that it violated the public
trust doctrine, allowing the North Point project to be sold in 2010.
- Obtained MEPA clearance in one year for Langwood Commons, a mixed-use 300-unit residential
and 225,000 square foot office redevelopment, after nearly 10 years of delay.
- Advised Harvard University on regulatory compliance for accelerated remediation
of 21E sites.
- Authored and implemented the strategy allowing the redevelopment by Hobbs Brook
Management of a property with an ongoing, active 21E site controlled by a third
party, resulting in the successful completion in early 2010 of a 300,000 square
foot LEED Gold complex on Route 128, which was fully leased by the fall of 2010.
- Named Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2016 by Boston Magazine
- 2016 U.S. News Best Lawyer for Environmental Law and Real Estate Law
- Repeatedly listed in The
Best Lawyers in America
- NAIOP Massachusetts Public Affairs Award - 2005
- President of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts - 2002
Town of Carlisle Conservationist of the Year Award - 1999
- Trustee of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation, 1997 - present
- Town of Carlisle Planning Board, which he chaired in 2008-2009
Trustee of Town of Carlisle Affordable Housing Trust, 2007 - present
Bar and Court Admissions
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1985, cum laude
- A.B., Columbia University, 1980, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
USA - 2011 Guide for “Renowned" Environmental Permitting Practice, July
Quoted: "Uncommon Ground," Boston Business Journal,
June 24, 2011
Family, Land, Legacy, Wealth: Adopting and Implementing The Uniform Partition of
Heirs Property Act, April 11, 2011
Asset Rating Plan Deserves An 'F', Banker & Tradesman, March
Covering your Assets – The New Massachusetts Homestead Law
Quoted: "New Model For Family Property," Financial Advisor, a blog
by Dow Jones, February 18, 2011
"Lawmakers look to extend building permits' lives,"
Boston Business Journal, April 30, 2010
can’t disturb decision by agency," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly,
April 19, 2010 (PDF)
"Judge clears way for Middlesex Fells development,"
Boston.com, April 6, 2010
The Green Recession?
Why Environmental Zeal Is Choking The Bay State Economy
Move," Boston Business Journal, March 26, 2010 (PDF)
"Lawyers jump to smaller law firms to charge lower rates,"
Boston Business Journal, January 28, 2010 (registration required)
Air: Massachusetts DEP Program Has Become An "Indoor Air Jihad"