Michael A. Leon is a partner in the Real Estate and Finance Department, and a member of the Land Use group. His practice is concentrated in the areas of environmental, land use, zoning, municipal and real estate law.
Michael's environmental practice includes the representation of municipalities, public authorities and business entities in infrastructure development, wastewater regulation, water supply, wetlands and waterfront development, solid waste, and other regulatory matters. He counsels commercial and industrial clients in all aspects of environmental regulation.
He was the court-appointed receiver responsible for closing a large solid waste disposal facility in eastern Massachusetts, which has been transformed into a large public open space and recreation facility. On behalf of redevelopment and transportation authorities, he has managed land assembly, remediation and redevelopment projects which have included multi-modal transportation facilities, industrial and office parks, and recreational facilities. He also serves as a manager and trustee on behalf of energy and industrial clients to manage the remediation, redevelopment and disposition of contaminated properties.
In the area of waterfront regulation and development, Michael has represented public and private clients in the permitting of major infrastructure facilities, such as regional transportation facilities, passenger and cargo facilities, seaport and terminal dredging projects, and wastewater treatment facilities.
Michael has been a member of NAIOP’s Executive Committee, served as chair of the Regulatory Committee of the Massachusetts Clean Water Council, past chairman of the Boston Bar Association's Solid Waste Committee, and is co-chair of the Private Bar Campaign of MetroWest Legal Services.