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Jessica Alfano Powell

Associate / Boston

Overview

Jessica Alfano Powell is an associate in Nutter's Real Estate Department and a member of the Commercial and Real Estate Finance and Development, Land Use and Permitting practice groups. She represents a variety of clients, including lenders, developers, municipalities and nonprofit organizations, and her practice focuses primarily on transactional real estate and leasing matters, as well as permitting and land use matters.

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Jessica’s representative work includes:

  • Assisting a life insurance company with respect to a $60 million refinancing secured by commercial property in Virginia, $47 million refinancing secured by an office building in Chicago, and $63 million hotel refinancing in Massachusetts.
  • Representing a multinational computer software company in the disposition of a 100,000+ square-foot office building in a Boston suburb.
  • Facilitating a nonprofit corporation with the sale of a ground lease interest in a 100+ unit residential housing complex in Massachusetts.
  • Assisting a franchisee with the simultaneous leasehold acquisition of over 30 properties across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • Negotiating the disposition of two commercial parcels in the Florida Keys to serve as the site of a new utility wastewater vacuum pump station.
  • Assisting in the disposition of an approximately 125,000 square-foot life sciences building in Cambridge subject to a ground lease.
  • Preparing transfer documentation and performing due diligence in connection with the acquisition, development and financing of numerous automobile dealerships in New England for one of the largest regional auto dealers.
  • Facilitating a nonprofit organization’s disposition of numerous parcels of real estate in Boston and acquisition of a 75,000 square-foot office building in connection with the relocation of the organization’s headquarters.
  • Drafting transfer documents and performing due diligence in connection with the simultaneous intra-company transfer of properties across the United States.
  • Performing due diligence and survey review in connection with a multi-million dollar refinancing secured by commercial property in Boston.

Jessica’s pro bono legal work includes representation of a U.S. Army veteran before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in which she secured a victory in vacating and remanding a denial by the Board of Veterans Affairs of the veteran’s claim for service-connected disability.

Jessica is a member of the Developing Leaders Committee of NAIOP and an Emerging Leaders member of REFA.

Jessica gained previous legal experience as an intern for Commissioner Frank J. Schraffa at the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and for the Honorable Robert B. Collings at the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. During law school, Jessica served as an executive online editor for the New England Law Review, a student ambassador, and a Center for Business Law student fellow. The law school’s faculty awarded her with the Trustee Bradbury Gilbert Award for Excellence in Achievement. Her note, “Interior-Vehicle Sniffs: Reining in the Leash on Drug-Dog Sniffs and Searching for the ‘Search’ that Courts Have Yet to Find,” was published in the New England Law Review.

Experience

Experience

  • Nutter assists Congregation Mishkan Tefila in sale and relocation of campus

    Represented Congregation Mishkan Tefila (CMT) in two related 2016 transactions: (1) the sale of CMT’s land and buildings in Chestnut Hill to nearby Boston College, and (2) CMT’s relocation to the Brookline campus of Congregation Kehillath Israel (CKI), including the negotiation of a unique, complicated co-location agreement with CKI addressing multiple real estate, operational, and programmatic issues.

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Education & Admissions

Education

New England Law | Boston, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012

Tufts University, B.A., 2008

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

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Jessica’s pro bono legal work includes representation of a U.S. Army veteran before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in which she secured a victory in vacating and remanding a denial by the Board of Veterans Affairs of the veteran’s claim for service-connected disability.

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Jessica assisted a life insurance company with respect to a $60 million refinancing secured by commercial property in Virginia, $47 million refinancing secured by an office building in Chicago, and $63 million hotel refinancing in Massachusetts.