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Matthew H. Snell

Partner / Boston

Overview

Matthew H. Snell is a partner in Nutter's Real Estate Department and Development, Land Use and Permitting practice group. He focuses his practice on land use, permitting and environmental compliance, with a concentration in state and local permitting matters, environmental enforcement and real estate transactions. He has significant experience practicing in front of local, state and federal boards and agencies in matters involving zoning and land use, regulatory permitting and enforcement matters, and the development of contaminated properties.

He represents individuals and corporate clients on zoning and land use issues as well as environmental compliance and litigation matters including G.L. c. 21E litigation, CERCLA, planning and enforcement defense. He has experience counseling developer clients in all aspects of Brownfields redevelopment and tax credits.

Matt’s practice includes the representation of business entities and municipalities in infrastructure development, permitting and siting of renewable projects, wastewater regulations, waterfront development, solid and hazardous waste compliance and other regulatory matters.

His recent and current matters include: 

  • Representing national developers in permitting and zoning of mixed use developments throughout New England; 
  • Assisting municipalities with compliance with Clean Water Act Consent Decrees; 
  • Permitting and compliance assistance for national petroleum terminal client; 
  • Assisting hotel client with MEPA review and compliance; 
  • Representing national supermarket chains with compliance, solid waste enforcement and permitting activities throughout New England; 
  • Permitting of a wind data tower and wind farm in western Massachusetts and supported litigation regarding the construction; and 
  • Solid and hazardous waste matters, including site assignment and permitting of landfills.

Prior to joining Nutter, Matthew practiced with other law firms in Boston where he represented clients in a wide array of areas including development, toxic torts, premise liability, product liability and maritime/admiralty matters before state and federal courts.

He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, NAIOP, the Environmental Business Council and the Licensed Site Professional Association.

During law school, Matthew served as executive comment and note editor at the New England Law Review and published “Major Modifications and Routine Maintenance: Does the EPA’s New Exclusion Equal More Pollution?” in the New England Law Review, Volume 39, Fall 2004. Matthew served as law clerk to Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Prior to entering the legal profession, he worked as a geologist and environmental scientist with ENSR Corporation and Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation. 

Experience

Experience

  • Phoenix Property Company/Lincoln Property Company

    Nutter represents a joint venture between Phoenix Property Company /Lincoln Property Company and an institutional investor in the permitting and transactional aspects of a large, complex, multi-party residential/hotel/retail mixed-use project with underground garage to be constructed on the land known as Parcel K, owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority, that is located in the Seaport District in Boston. The Project will consist of a 12-story apartment building with 304 apartments, a 12-story, 294-room hotel, office and retail space in both towers and a 1-level underground garage. Our work leading up to the initial closing involved the negotiation of:  the acquisition of the Project development rights from a prior developer; the joint venture between Phoenix Property Company/Lincoln Property Company and an institutional investor; the transfer of the hotel development rights to a joint venture between Hyatt Hotels Corporation and a hotel operator; multiple ground leases with Massport for the separate Project components; a construction loan with JPMorgan Chase, N.A. as lead lender; and a complex reciprocal easement agreement among the different Project components; as well as addressing complex permitting and title issues (including the creation of multiple air rights parcels).   

  • Private Investment Firm

    Nutter represented a private investment firm specializing in energy infrastructure investments when it sought to purchase two natural gas power plants. Nutter assisted with the due diligence review and negotiating the purchase and sale agreement. The private investment firm initially engaged Nutter to focus on state environmental, real estate, and energy issues. As negotiations progressed, Nutter advised the firm on tax, labor, employee benefits, and other contractual issues as well.

  • First Commons Bank, N.A.

    Nutter advised First Commons Bank, N.A. in its proposed merger with Brookline Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKL). The total value of the transaction is approximately $55.958 million.

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Honors

Honors

Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2009-2015

Education & Admissions

Education

New England Law | Boston, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005

Excelsior College, B.S., 1997

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Industries

Industry Expertise

Matt represents individuals and corporate clients on zoning and land use issues as well as environmental compliance and litigation matters including G.L. c. 21E litigation, CERCLA, planning and enforcement defense. He has experience counseling developer clients in all aspects of Brownfields redevelopment and tax credits.

Noteworthy

Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2009-2015

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