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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.

Notable Experience and Client Impact:

  • Representing Shawmut Corporation, a developer of high-performance composites, in its joint venture with the automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics LLC, a global provider of innovative technical fabric solutions.
  • Performing due diligence, preparing documentation and facilitating the closings of the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposition of a significant number of automobile dealerships, with respect to both real estate and dealership assets, throughout New England for one of the largest regional auto dealers.
  • Assisting a restaurant franchisee with the simultaneous leasehold acquisition and financing of over 30 properties across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • Performing zoning analysis and other diligence for national and local developers in the permitting and zoning of mixed use and affordable housing developments in Massachusetts.
  • Preparing a site assignment on behalf of a municipal Board of Health for the development of an anaerobic digester facility on an operational dairy farm.
  • 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.
  • Facilitating a nonprofit corporation with the sale of ground lease interests in a 100+ unit residential housing complex and a culturally significant commercial building in Massachusetts.
  • Negotiating the disposition of two commercial parcels in the Florida Keys to serve as the site of a new utility wastewater vacuum pump station.
  • Representing a nonprofit organization in its 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.

Active in the real estate and legal communities, Jessica is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s 2019-2020 Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP). This highly selective and competitive program promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession, and the Commonwealth. In addition, she is a member of the Developing Leaders Committee of NAIOP and the Emerging Leaders Committee of REFA.

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.

Experience

Experience

  • Commerce Bancshares Corp.

    Nutter represented Commerce Bancshares Corp. and its subsidiary, Commerce Bank & Trust Company, in its merger with Berkshire Hills Bancorp. Inc. (NYSE: BHLB), in an all-stock transaction valued at $209 million.

  • Congregation Mishkan Tefila

    Nutter represented Congregation Mishkan Tefila (CMT) in two related 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.

  • Shawmut Corporation

    Nutter represented Shawmut Corporation, a developer of high-performance composites, in its joint venture with the automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics LLC, a global provider of innovative technical fabric solutions.

  • The Gove Company, Inc.

    Nutter represented The Gove Company, Inc. in its sale of a parking lot on Newbury Street in Boston to L3 Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm. The total value of the transaction was $40 million.

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Education & Admissions

Education

New England Law | Boston, J.D., magna cum laude
Tufts University, B.A.

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Industries

In the Community

Jessica’s pro bono legal work includes representation of a U.S. Army veteran before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Noteworthy

Jessica is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s 2019-2020 Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP).

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