Overview

Practice Focus

Michael Parker is a real estate lawyer representing corporations and individuals in complex real estate and environmental disputes and transactions, including appearances before state, local and federal regulatory authorities. His clients include developers, restaurants, hotels, non-profits, corporations, condominiums and individuals. Michael helps clients in the acquisition, permitting and development of projects in Boston, including the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Article 80 approval process, zoning matters and Chapter 91 licensing. He manages due diligence for significant real estate and corporate transactions and the assessment of potential environmental liability. He has extensive experience with litigation of environmental remediation cost recovery and property damage claims. Michael also advises clients on federal and state Brownfields redevelopment and has negotiated several significant retail and office leases. He represents clients in USEPA and MassDEP enforcement and compliance matters, which include:

  • Superfund
  • Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act (Chapter 91)
  • Wetlands Protection Act
  • Massachusetts Water Management Act
  • Chapter 21E
  • Clean Water Act
  • RCRA
  • TSCA
  • Clean Air Act
  • Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act

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 – Superfund Legal Office
  • 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
  • Defended general contractor and national apartment building owner in a federal lead paint enforcement actions
  • 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/merger
  • Negotiated the sale, closure and redevelopment of a New Hampshire paper mill site
  • Assisted developers in obtaining BPDA 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
  • Representation of a developer on real estate and environmental issues in connection with the redevelopment and permitting of a mixed-use development that includes 289 multifamily residences and commercial restaurant and retail space.
  • Representation of a private equity firm on real estate and environmental issues in connection with the acquisition of portfolio companies, as well as ongoing representation of acquired portfolio companies.
  • Successful representation of 36 plaintiffs and a condominium association in connection with the recovery of environmental response costs and property damage from a municipality. Matter involved obtaining a favorable opinion from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarifying the statute of limitations for property damage pursuant to the state Superfund law (M.G.L. c. 21E).
  • Representation of a local non-profit community affordable housing developer in connection with the preservation of 97 affordable housing units after their federal subsidies expired.
Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • City of Boston – Conservation Commissioner
  • Boston Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Steering Committee
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Council
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Chair
  • Logan Airport Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Charlestown Neighborhood Council
  • Save the Harbor Save the Bay
  • Mayor Pro Tem, Nederland, Colorado
  • The Skating Club of Boston, Board of Directors
  • The Boston Latin School, School Parent Council
Publications

Publications & Talks

  • SJC clarifies c. 21 Property Damage Statute of Limitations: A Debrief on the Grand Manor Decision, Boston Bar Association Environmental Litigation Committee, March 28, 2018
  • 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
  • Massachusetts Land Use Monitor – Contributor