Practice Focus

Rich Gallogly’s practice focuses on zoning and real estate development, from site acquisition to permitting, financing and development on behalf of clients throughout Massachusetts. For over 28 years, he has advised clients on all aspects of land use law, including zoning, subdivision, wetlands, historic preservation and environmental impact review and regulatory compliance.


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, Conn.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers, 2016-2019 (Land Use & Zoning Law).
  • AV Preeminent® Rating (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell, its peer rating for highest level professional excellence and high ethical standing


Notable Experience

Notable Experience

Rich represents individuals and corporations in major real estate projects involving land use, development and other complex regulatory issues. Examples include:

  • As counsel to a large out-of-state residential apartment developer, Rich advised his 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 currently representing the same client in a large mixed-use development north of Boston that has over 2,000 housing units, with associated retail, restaurant and hotel uses.
  • Several Massachusetts-based developers in 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 Massachusetts 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.
Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • 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
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Member to NAIOP Member
  • Member of the City of Newton Conservation Commission, 2013-2015

Publications & Talks

  • “Opening the Door for Boston’s Poor: Will Linkage Survive Judicial Review?” 14 Boston College Envtl. Affairs Law Review 447 (1987).
  • “Pitfalls and Concerns of Development Moratoria,” co-author, Landlaw 1988 Massachusetts Land Use Conference.
  • “The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990,” co-author, Massachusetts Continuing Education Seminar, February 28, 1991.
  • “Local Licenses, Permits and Approvals,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Seminar, October, 1992.
  • Massachusetts Zoning Manual, contributing Author, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. 1995, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2015.
  • Massachusetts Land Court, commentary on decisions published in the Land Court Reporter, 1995 – 2013. See www.landlaw.com for additional information.
  • Massachusetts Land Use Monitor Blog, frequent contributor.
Personal Interests

Personal Interests

Biking and Golf