Boston College Law School
- J.D., cum laude, 1987
- Managing Editor, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review
- B.A., 1976
Bar and Court Admissions
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Rich’s practice focuses on real estate development, from site acquisition to permitting, financing and development. For over 25 years, he has advised clients on all aspects of land use law, including zoning, subdivision, wetlands, historic preservation and environmental impact review.
Rich represents individuals and corporations on real estate projects involving a broad range of land use and development issues. Examples include the following:
Rich represented a national shopping mall developer in connection with the acquisition, re-development and expansion of an existing retail shopping mall in a suburb west of Boston. Rich successfully guided the client through the local, state and federal land use permitting process.
As counsel to a large out-of-state residential apartment developer, Rich advised the client concerning the intricacies of the Chapter 40B housing program, resulting in the approval of over 500 housing units in a project that overlapped municipal boundaries. He is presently representing the same client in connection with a large mixed-use development north of Boston containing over 2,000 housing units, with associated retail, restaurant and hotel uses.
Rich represents several Massachusetts-based developers in connection with age-restricted projects ranging from 22 units to 118 units and single-family subdivisions containing between 8 and 50 lots.
On behalf of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Abstract Club, Rich has prepared and submitted amicus briefs to the Supreme Judicial Court concerning several notable decisions including Massachusetts Broken Stone Company v. Town of Weston, 430 Mass 637 (2000) and Zuckerman v. Town of Hadley, 442 Mass. 511 (2004).
More recently, Rich had advised several individual owners of property on Martha’s Vineyard concerning zoning and wetland permitting as well as regional development constraints, such as the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.
Rich joined Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in 1987. Prior to entering law school, he served as Director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Program for the Town of Canton, Connecticut.
Community Service Activities
Participant in the pro bono Lawyer for a Day program at the Boston Housing Court, providing advice on landlord/tenant law.
- American Bar Association, Member of Section on State and Local Government
- Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Member of Zoning and Land Use Committee
- Boston Bar Association, Member of the Environmental Law Committee
- Abstract Club, Member
- International Council of Shopping Centers, Member
- National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Member
- Member of the City of Newton Conservation Commission
Author, “Opening the Door for Boston’s Poor: Will Linkage Survive Judicial Review?” 14 Boston College Envtl. Affairs Law Review 447 (1987).
Co-author, “Pitfalls and Concerns of Development Moratoria”, Landlaw 1988 Massachusetts Land Use Conference.
Co-author, “The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990”, Massachusetts Continuing Education Seminar, February 28, 1991.
Author, “Local Licenses, Permits and Approvals”, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Seminar, October, 1992.
Contributing Author, Massachusetts Zoning Manual, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. 1995, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
Author of a commentary on decisions of the Massachusetts Land Court, published in the Land Court Reporter, 1995 - 2013. See www.landlaw.com for additional information.
Frequent Contributor to the Massachusetts Land Use Monitor Blog