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Valerie A. Moore

Associate / Boston

Overview

Valerie A. Moore is an associate in Nutter’s Real Estate Department. Clients rely on Valerie’s counsel in a variety of real estate matters, including land use, affordable housing, zoning, and environmental permitting and litigation. She helps clients work with local, state, and federal government agencies, including the EPA, on issues of compliance as well as partnering with government entities.

A wide range of clients, including commercial real estate developers and residential and commercial property owners, frequently turn to Valerie in permitting and environmental matters. Private landowners value Valerie’s advice on the development of land under local zoning and wetlands bylaws, the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Protection Act, and applicable easements. Valerie has extensive experience representing clients before the Land Court, the Appeals Court, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Housing Appeals Committee, and municipal boards.

Valerie continues her leadership outside the firm as a member of the Boston Bar Association and as Chair of the Ascending Professionals Committee of the Environmental Business Council of New England.

Prior to joining Nutter, Valerie was an associate at a Boston law firm.

Experience

Experience

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

    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.

  • Won appeal overturning a decision of the Department of Environmental Protection.

    The Department of Environmental Protection issued a summary decision determining that our client had made changes to their property without properly obtaining a license under the Waterfront Protection Act, chapter 91.  We successfully overturned that decision in a G.L. c. 30A appeal to the Superior Court, winning a remand to the Department for a trial.

  • Won judgment in accelerated special permit litigation after jury-waived trial.

    A group of neighbors appealed our client’s special permit and change of zone for a large development project. Knowing the value of time to a project, we successfully moved to accelerate the case to a trial within six months and strategically managed the case to keep to that schedule. We defended the special permit and after a three-day jury-waived trial, we obtained a judgment determining that none of the plaintiffs had standing, successfully upholding our client’s permits and doing so in an expedited manner.

  • Won summary judgment motion for one of the first decisions interpreting G.L. c. 40A, ยง 5.

    Our client sought a zoning map amendment for a large development project and a group of neighbors filed a protest petition under G.L. c. 40A, § 5.  After the municipality granted the amendment, the neighbors filed an appeal to the Land Court seeking a determination that their protest petition met the statutory criteria that would have required a higher vote threshold for the map change. We prevailed on cross motions for summary judgment and obtained a judgment upholding our client’s zone change.

Case Studies

Honors

Honors

Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017-2018

Massachusetts Top Women Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017

Education & Admissions

Education

Boston University School of Law, JD, cum laude

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

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In the Community

Valerie continues her leadership outside the firm as a member of the Boston Bar Association and as Chair of the Ascending Professionals Committee of the Environmental Business Council of New England.

Noteworthy

Valerie has extensive experience representing clients before the Land Court, the Appeals Court, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Housing Appeals Committee, and the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals.

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