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Valerie A. Moore

Associate / Boston


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, construction, zoning, and environmental permitting and litigation. She helps clients work with local, state, and federal government agencies, 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 chapter 91, 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 zoning boards and conservation commissions.

Representative matters include:

  • Wetlands permitting for a large agricultural project in an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
  • Appealing a special permit denial for an affordable housing project and obtaining a special permit on a negotiated remand.
  • Permitting for large commercial and multifamily developments throughout Massachusetts.
  • Defending a special permit appeal for a large senior living community.
  • Permitting analysis and due diligence for the acquisition of a large multifamily project.
  • Defending an appeal of a zoning map change.
  • Waterways permitting and appeals under M.G.L. c. 91.

Valerie continues her leadership outside the firm as a member of the Boston Bar Association and CREW Boston and has been selected to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Women's Leadership Program for 2019-2020. Valerie is the former Chair of the Ascending Professionals Committee of the Environmental Business Council of New England. She is also a recipient of the 2020 Environmental Business Council of New England Ascending Leader award.

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



  • 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, § 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.

News & Insights



  • The Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch”, 2021 

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017-2019
  • Massachusetts Top Women Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017-2018

Education & Admissions


Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., summa cum laude


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


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.


  • The Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch”, 2021
  • Environmental Business Council (EBC) of New England Ascending Leader, 2020
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2019
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