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Robert A. Fishman

Partner, Chair, Land Use, Permitting and Development Practice Group
T: 617.439.2204
F: 617.310.9204

Robert A. Fishman is a senior partner in the Real Estate and Finance Department. His practice focuses on development, financing, acquisition and disposition, leasing, entity formation, conveyancing and land use/environmental permitting.

Bob represents lenders, developers, corporate, institutional, municipal, and nonprofit clients in the development and financing of downtown office buildings, multi-use projects, suburban industrial and office parks, shopping centers, hotels, multi family housing, senior assisted-living housing and community facilities. 

He has over twenty-five years of experience representing insurance companies and pension funds, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Inc. and The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Representative matters include equity and/or debt work on 33 Arch Street, 75 State Street, Rowes Wharf, One Post Office Square, One Boston Place, World Trade Center East, Wellesley Gateway, Hobbs Brook Office Park, Atrium at Chestnut Hill, Emerald Square Mall, Arsenal Mall, Mall of New Hampshire and Fox Run Mall, and the financing, acquisition and disposition of numerous suburban commercial properties.

He has worked with National Development of New England, Inc., on all aspects of such Massachusetts projects as Station Landing in Medford, Arbor Point and Woodland Station, Forge Park in Franklin, MetroNorth Business Center in Woburn, Lake Williams Corporate Center in Marlborough, Blueview Corporate Center in Canton, Mansfield Corporate Center in Foxborough and Mansfield, New England Business Center in Andover, and numerous other office, research and development, shopping center and assisted-living projects.

Bob's representative work for corporate and institutional clients includes the:

  • Acquisition and development of the Oracle Corporation campus in Burlington, Massachusetts on behalf of Jones Lang LaSalle and ORIX Real Estate
  • Acquisition and financing of 160 Federal Street in Boston and Harvard Mills in Wakefield, Massachusetts for Taurus New England Investments Corp.
  • Representation of Lucent Technologies Inc. on its campus in Westford, Massachusetts
  • Sale of Cabot Business Park for Cabot Industrial Trust
  • Negotiation of a lease for a major new office and manufacturing facility in Westford, Massachusetts on behalf of GenRad, Inc.
  • Development of Bay Colony Corporate Center in Waltham, Massachusetts

In addition, Bob has a general land use and environmental law practice with a full range of experience in permitting and counseling. He has extensive experience with local zoning and subdivision matters, federal and state environmental laws, sewage and wastewater discharge permits, wetlands and waterways licensing, and evaluation of brownfields and hazardous waste matters. 

Bob was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1991. He is an active member and lecturer in the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. He recently completed a two year term as co-chair of the Development and Land Use Committee of the Boston Bar Association.

Bob’s most recent articles have addressed environmental indemnification and environmental insurance in business transactions, permitting of assisted-living facilities, and non conforming uses and structures. He authored a chapter of MCLE's Massachusetts Zoning Manual as well as the chapter on environmental controls in the Massachusetts Conveyancer's Handbook. He has taught at Boston College Law School on the subject of land use planning and development law. He served as vice chair of the Committee on Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions of the American Bar Association’s Real Property Section.

An active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), he has chaired NAIOP’s Public Affairs Committee and has served on the Board of Directors. He currently co-chairs the Growth Management Task Force. Bob appears among the best real estate lawyers in Massachusetts in the Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide and was selected for Massachusetts Super Lawyers in a survey by Law & Politics and Boston magazine. He is listed as one of only five Massachusetts lawyers in the International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers for 2009 and 2010. Bob was named as Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year" for 2016 and as Land Use & Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Boston for 2011 by Best Lawyers. Bob also currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Environmental League of Massachusetts.