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Overview

Nutter has extensive experience in representing commercial landlords and tenants on sophisticated leasing matters nationally, across a broad range of properties, including:

  • build-to-suit leases
  • office leases in city and suburban locations
  • retail leases in lifestyle shopping centers, enclosed malls, power centers, mixed urban-use locations, and urban-core first floor retail
  • industrial leases, including for manufacturing facilities, warehouse/distribution, and R&D uses
  • laboratory leases, including mixed laboratory/office buildings with complex issues regarding HVAC  
  • bondable leases
  • sale-leasebacks
  • ground leases
  • air rights leases
  • headquarters leases

What We Do
Our approach to lease negotiations is a blend between protecting our client’s interests in a fair-minded, but firm, way and reaching a resolution on matters that reflect the current state of the market in an efficient and time-sensitive manner. We are pragmatic and strategic when negotiating leases to help our clients achieve their business objectives.

Who We Are
In addition to negotiating leasing transactions for tens of millions of rentable square feet per year, we also handle large, sophisticated real estate transactions. Our expertise provides us with a broad frame of reference that covers real estate transactional and finance work, as well as entitlement, land use, and environmental matters. We understand how the pieces of such complex matters fit together, which is a tremendous benefit for our clients.

Our attorneys are active leaders in numerous professional real estate organizations, such as:

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
  • Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
  • Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board
  • Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW)
  • Massachusetts Conveyancers Association
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

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Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Nutter represented Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) in the negotiation of a 16-year lease, which relocated the publisher’s corporate headquarters to 125 High Street in Boston. The long-term lease included nearly 200,000 rentable square feet.

  • Related Beal

    Nutter represented Related Beal in a $230 million mixed-use development that was constructed in the air rights above a federal highway. Nutter advised on a range of complex issues, including title, acquisition, zoning, and environmental matters, as well as state and City of Boston entitlements, real estate tax stabilization, and hotel financing. Nutter also negotiated the development rights and the air rights lease.

  • Heitman Capital

    Nutter provides ongoing representation of Heitman Capital, as landlord, on all leasing and property management matters at (i) office and first-floor retail at 28 State Street in Boston, (ii) office and first-floor retail at 260 Franklin Street in Boston, (iii) a lifestyle shopping center at Saddle Creek in Germantown, TN, (iv) a lifestyle and power center at Greenridge Shops in Greenville, SC, and (v) a retail and power center at The Crossings in Newington, NH.

  • Phoenix Property Company/Lincoln Property Company

    Nutter represented Lincoln Property Company and Phoenix Property Company in a joint venture with an institutional capital partner in connection with the acquisition of development rights and the permitting and transactional aspects relating to this multi-party mixed-used development. 

    New construction mixed-use development project totaling 499,500 square feet. The project includes a 12-story multi-family apartment building containing approximately 300,000 square feet and 304 first-class rental apartment residences, including 22 on-site affordable units and additional off-site contributions to Boston’s affordable housing stock. Resident amenities include a rooftop pool, Skydeck, gym and wellness studio. The apartment building also contains 22,816 square feet of space that can be used for retail, restaurant and/or office space. The adjacent Hotel Component, located a shared podium, was developed into a 12-story Hyatt Place hotel with 294 rooms. There is a one-level underground parking garage beneath the apartment building and garage that can accommodate up to 450 cars. The mixed-use development is situated on Massport’s “Parcel K” and was constructed pursuant to 3 separate 99-year ground leases entered with Massport.

  • Brighton Marine

    Nutter advised Brighton Marine on all aspects of the development of The Residences at Brighton Marine, a $46 million project that created 102 units of affordable housing in Boston with a preference for veterans. Nutter provided counsel on all aspects of the project, including the original strategic planning, the permitting, the formation of the joint venture with WinnCompanies, the ground lease to the joint venture, and the financing.

  • Boston Scientific Corporation

    Nutter provides ongoing representation of Boston Scientific Corporation, as tenant, regarding all leasing matters on a national basis, including two separate long-term leases for approximately 350,000 square feet of research and development, warehouse, and office space in the Valencia Biomedical Park in Santa Clarita, CA.

  • Divco West

    Nutter represents Divco West, as landlord, regarding all leasing and property management (office and first-floor retail) matters at 955 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. Nutter also represented Divco West, as landlord, regarding all leasing and property management matters at (i) One Kendall Square, the over 700,000-square-footmixed-use office, laboratory, and retail complex in Cambridge, MA, (ii) a three-building office complex, Prospect Hill Office Park, in Waltham, MA, (iii) an office at the Davenport Building in Cambridge, MA, (iv) office and first-floor retail space at 300 A Street, 313 Congress Street, 330 Congress Street, and 51 Sleeper Street in Boston.

  • Invesco Real Estate

    Nutter provides ongoing representation of Invesco Real Estate, as landlord, regarding all leasing and property management matters for (i) office space at 55 Cambridge Parkway in Cambridge, MA, (ii) retail and office space at One Liberty Wharf in Boston, (iii) a multibuilding office and retail complex that includes the lease for the Trillium brew pub at Fort Point Channel Thomson Place in Boston, (iv) office and first-floor retail at 44 Broad Street in Boston, (v) office space at 179 Lincoln Street in Boston, (vi) retail at 350 Washington Street (Downtown Crossing) in Boston, (vii) industrial space at 135 Constitutional Boulevard in Franklin, MA, and (viii) warehouse/distribution space at 32 Forge Park in Franklin, MA.

  • UBS Realty

    Nutter represented UBS Realty, as landlord, on all leasing and property management matters for office and first-floor retail space totaling 1.1 million rentable square feet at 53 State Street in Boston, MA. Nutter also provides ongoing representation of UBS regarding leasing matters at office space at 400 Crown Colony in Quincy, MA and industrial space at 305 Forbes Boulevard in Mansfield, MA.

  • Oxford Properties Group

    Nutter provides ongoing representation of Oxford Properties Group, as landlord, on leasing and property management matters for office and first-floor retail space at 125 Summer Street in Boston and office and first-floor retail space at 60 State Street in Boston.

  • PerkinElmer Inc.

    Nutter provides ongoing representation of PerkinElmer Inc., as tenant, regarding leasing matters on a national basis, including a 115,000-square-foot headquarters lease in Waltham, MA and a 21,000-square-foot office and laboratory space long-term lease in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Fresenius Medical Care North America

    Nutter provides ongoing representation of Fresenius Medical Care North America, as tenant, regarding leasing matters on a national basis, including a 300,000-square-foot headquarters lease at Reservoir Woods in Waltham, MA; a 45,000-square-foot office lease in Lake Bluff, IL; and a 57,000-square-foot office and research laboratory lease at Bay Colony Corporate Center in Waltham, MA, among others.

  • Novaya Real Estate Ventures

    Nutter provides ongoing representation of Novaya Real Estate Ventures, as landlord, on various office, warehouse, and industrial leasing matters, including a lease to Foster-Miller, Inc. for an entire 60,000-square-foot building at 130 Constitution Boulevard in Franklin, MA, and a lease to XPO Last Mile, Inc. for space at 176 Grove Street in Franklin, MA.

  • Wheelock Street Capital and Seyon Group

    Nutter provides ongoing representation of Wheelock Street Capital and Seyon Group, as landlord, on various office, warehouse, and industrial leasing matters, including recent full building leases to Arnold Industries, LLC in Stoughton, MA, and Shore Educational Collaborative in Chelsea, MA.

  • Boston Properties

    We represent Boston Properties (BP) in BP’s redevelopment of the existing Hancock Garage and the redevelopment and refurbishment of the adjacent Back Bay train station located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, MA known as the Back Bay/South End Gateway Project. Both of these properties are owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and are the subject of a long term ground and air rights lease to BP. Currently, in addition to substantial upgrades to the Back Bay Station, the project is planned to be a mix of office, residential and retail. As planned, there will be one office tower, two residential towers, with retail and parking on lower floors. The feasibility of permitting and constructing the project in and over active rail, light rail and interstate highway in a historic and dense area of Boston adds an interesting level of complexity. In total, the project could have a combined 1.3 million square feet of office, retail and residential space constructed. Nutter's role in the project was zoning, permitting, air leasing, and ground leasing.

  • Janco Development/Cordage Park

    Nutter represents Janco Development, the owner and developer of a 75 acre waterfront mill complex in Plymouth, MA. The master plan calls for the redevelopment of over 1.5 million square feet of mill buildings and new construction that will overlook Cape Cod Bay. The site will feature a marina with a deep water channel and a 400-foot solid filled pier, 675 residential units and 600,000 square feet of commercial space, in addition to a 300-slip marina. The site hosts the southernmost MBTA train on the South Shore offering rail to Boston and is one of the largest transit-oriented, mixed-use developments in the region. The site was the first and largest smart-growth district under MGL c 40R. Nutter's role in the project is smart growth zoning, permitting, acquisition, disposition, environmental, historic, and leasing.

  • Brighton Marine

    Nutter represented Bright Marine in its residential development at 1485 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, MA. 102 residential rental units located on the Brighton Marine Health Center campus, steps from the MBTA Green Line, containing both affordable housing and workforce housing units, all with a preference for veterans. The project includes a below-grade parking garage containing 47 spaces, and 40 spaces are located at grade. Nutter's role in the project was permitting, joint venture formation, leasing and financing.

  • Mark Development

    Nutter represented Mark Development in its approved mixed-use development at MBTA Riverside Station includes 10 buildings. Plans call for 582 residential units with 102 of those affordable units along with an 11-story, 527,000-sf office tower, plus a 150-room hotel to replace the Hotel Indigo. 65,000 sf of retail space and a "hidden" parking garage with 3,000 spaces. A public park and outdoor amphitheater are in the plans. Nutter's role involved smart growth zoning, permitting, ground leasing, joint venture formation and construction. 

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