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Jean L. Kampas

Of Counsel / Hyannis

Overview

Jean Kampas is of counsel in Nutter's Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Land Use Practice Group. She represents clients in a variety of commercial and residential litigation matters, focusing on real estate, zoning, and easement and title disputes. She also represents clients before local zoning and planning boards, conservation commissions, and other municipal boards and commissions.

Jean dedicates a substantial amount of her time to the firm’s pro bono efforts. She has represented numerous unaccompanied immigrant children in securing lawful permanent residency in partnership with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She has also represented tenants in landlord-tenant disputes, as well as clients seeking unemployment benefits before the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance.

Jean gained prior legal experience as a volunteer attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services in the Housing Unit. She was also an intern for the Environmental & Natural Resources Division and the Organized Crime and Racketeering Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

Experience

Experience

  • Represented shorefront owners in litigation concerning easement rights on Cape Cod

    Nutter defended several shorefront owners in litigation concerning access to the waters of Cape Cod Bay. The courts ruled that the original developers did not reserve beach rights for the inland owners and further confirmed that the shorefront owners owned their land out to the mean low water line.

  • Litigation over the sale of a multi-million dollar property in Chatham

    Nutter recently secured a victory in the Massachusetts Appeals Court in an opinion that upheld the granting of a special motion to dismiss a suit that sought to enforce an alleged contract for the sale of a multi-million dollar water-view property in Chatham. The Appeals Court also ruled that the property owner was entitled to recover its appellate legal fees from the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ complaint alleged that the defendants’ failure to countersign the plaintiffs’ written purchase offer breached a promise that had been made by the defendants’ local attorney and real estate broker, and that the defendants became legally obligated to sell the property when the plaintiffs submitted a signed written offer and tendered a deposit check. On appeal, the plaintiffs changed their theory and claimed that an email from the defendants to their real estate broker discussing terms that the defendants wished to see in any deal could be combined with the plaintiffs’ later purchase offer to create a contract and satisfy the writing requirement of the statute of frauds. The Appeals Court rejected the theory, affirmed the lower court decision granting the defendants’ special motion to dismiss the case, and ruled that the plaintiffs would have to pay the defendants’ legal fees on appeal. The key holding was that, even though the unsigned form of the purchase offer came from the defendants’ attorney, it always remained an offer to purchase that the defendants were free to accept or reject, and that it was never an offer to sell. 

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News & Insights

Community

Community

Jean serves as a member on her town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Education & Admissions

Education

American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Boston University, B.S.

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Industries

Before Nutter

Jean gained prior legal experience as a volunteer attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services in the Housing Unit. She was also an intern for the Environmental & Natural Resources Division and the Organized Crime and Racketeering Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. 

Noteworthy

During law school, Jean was a staff member of Administrative Law Review and was treasurer of the Environmental Law Society. Jean received the T. Morton McDonald Scholarship Award for excellence in the field of legal research and the Mussey Prize for the highest scholastic average during her last year of study. 

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