Practice Focus

Michael Parker is a lawyer representing corporations and individuals in complex real estate and environmental disputes and transactions, including appearances before state, local and federal regulatory agencies as well as the state and federal courts of Massachusetts. Michael helps clients in all aspects of Boston land-use permitting, including the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Article 80 approval process. Michael routinely appears before the BRA Board, the Boston Civic Design Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeal and the Boston Conservation Commission. He manages due diligence for significant real estate and corporate transactions including the assessment of potential environmental liability. Michael also advises clients on Brownfields redevelopment and has negotiated many significant retail leases and purchase and sales agreements.

Michael also frequently appears before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of clients. These regulatory compliance matters include:

  • Superfund
  • Chapter 21E
  • Clean Water Act
  • RCRA
  • Clean Air Act
  • Wetlands Protection Act
  • Massachusetts Water Management Act

He has been involved in several environmental damages litigation matters, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Michael also has significant Massachusetts Chapter 91 waterfront regulation experience.

Honors and Awards

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency Legal Excellence Awards – 2000
  • DistinguishedSM Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its peer rating for high professional achievement and high ethical standing

Notable Experience

Notable Experience

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Senior Enforcement Counsel
  • Provides advice to Fortune 500 companies regarding redevelopment of one of the country’s largest Superfund sites
  • Defended an asphalt production company in a Federal Clean Water Act enforcement action
  • Obtained and transferred over 500 local, state and federal environmental and land-use permits and hazardous waste financial surety approvals for a $300 million corporate acquisition
  • Negotiated the sale, closure and redevelopment of a New Hampshire paper mill site
  • Assisted developers in obtaining Large Project Review and Planned Development Area approval from the City of Boston for a $240 million affordable housing development project and a $60 million recreational facility
  • Represents a condominium complex in litigation involving a property damage claim caused by the city’s operation of a landfill on the property
  • Represents a local non-profit obtaining Boston Redevelopment Authority approval, zoning relief and financing
Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Boston Bar Association Environmental Law Section Steering Committee
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Development Committee, Member
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Chair
  • Logan Airport Citizens Advisory Committee, Committee Member
  • Charlestown Neighborhood Council, Council Member
  • Save the Harbor Save the Bay, Board Member
  • Mayor Pro Tem, Nederland, Colo.
  • The Skating Club of Boston, Board of Directors
  • The Boston Latin School, School Parent Council

Publications & Talks

  • Supreme Judicial Court’s (SJC) decision in Grand Manor Condominium vs. City of Lowell, Real Estate Bar Association’s (REBA) Condominium Law & Practice and Environmental Law Sections joint open meeting, March 7, 2018
  • Green Buildings, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Chair
  • Redeveloping Brownfields, Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Co-Chair
  • Environmental Law Basics Plus, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Commercial Real Estate Basics Plus, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education