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Ian M. Urquhart

Associate / Boston

Overview

Ian M. Urquhart is an associate in Nutter’s Real Estate Department and a member of the Development, Land Use, and Permitting practice group. He focuses his practice on all aspects of land use, zoning, leasing, commercial transactions, and real estate development. Purchasers, sellers, developers, and property owners rely on Ian’s experience in securing development and zoning approvals, negotiating retail and office leases, handling real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and managing title reviews.

Institutional, residential, commercial, and mixed-use property owners frequently turn to Ian for legal counsel on their permitting, land use, transactional, and leasing matters. Ian has extensive experience in real estate title work and has provided analysis of complex title issues and methods of resolution. In addition, he often performs zoning due diligence and analyzes compliance with municipal and state regulations.

Previously, Ian served as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), now known as the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). There, he represented the BRA in the permitting of numerous large real estate projects in Boston, including the Old Colony redevelopment in South Boston, the Van Ness and the Pierce Boston in Fenway, the Boston Garden redevelopment, and the New Balance world headquarters. Ian has deep knowledge of the BPDA process, including Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code and Chapter 121A of the Massachusetts General Laws. Ian's responsibilities involved negotiations between the BRA, private developers, and municipal, state, and federal agencies, as he regularly handled all aspects of projects seeking approval from the BRA. Prior to joining Nutter, Ian was a real estate associate at a Boston law firm.

Ian is active in numerous professional organizations. He is a member of the Government Affairs Committee of NAIOP (The Commercial Real Estate Development Association), the Urban Land Institute, the Boston Bar Association (BBA), and the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA).

Passionate about helping out in the community, Ian chairs the local advisory board of the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the Alray Taylor Second Chance Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit foundation that gives promising graduates of Boston public high schools a second chance at a college education through financial assistance and mentoring.

Education & Admissions

Education

New England School of Law, J.D.
Skidmore College, B.A.

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

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In the Community

Passionate about helping out in the community, Ian chairs the local advisory board of the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the Alray Taylor Second Chance Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit foundation that gives promising graduates of Boston public high schools a second chance at a college education through financial assistance and mentoring.

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