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BPDA Veteran Eileen Brophy Joins Nutter, Bolstering Firm’s Growing Real Estate Practice

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Eileen Brophy, the former interim General Counsel of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), has joined Nutter’s Real Estate Department and Development, Land Use and Permitting practice group. Brophy will provide legal counsel to clients on zoning, development, land use, and complex leasing matters. Having worked on notable matters for the BPDA over the last 23 years, Brophy possesses significant expertise in real estate and development projects in Boston.

“Eileen’s knowledge of zoning and land use matters in Boston really is unrivaled,” said Michael Scott, Nutter’s Co-Managing Partner. “At a time when far-reaching policy changes are being proposed to real estate development in the city, Eileen is uniquely positioned to advise our clients on moving real estate projects forward effectively and efficiently. We are delighted to welcome Eileen to our growing real estate team.”

As a firm with a strong real estate practice, Nutter can attest to the increasingly complex landscape facing developers. Brophy brings a deep understanding of public policy and governmental review requirements. Her experience in public and private real estate development and project management will be incredibly valuable to Nutter’s clients as they initiate new projects in Boston. She will provide strategic advice to clients in an effort to streamline and expedite review. During this time of notable growth in Boston, clients can rely on Brophy’s expertise in complex contract law, real estate development, public policy and its impacts on project management and neighborhood revitalization. Additionally, she will advise clients on regulatory compliance, real estate tax implications and exemptions, urban renewal regulatory controls, and large-scale permitting and zoning matters.

As a senior advisor at the BPDA since 2000, Brophy held roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Brophy was the interim General Counsel at the BPDA, where she was responsible for the management and review of all legal aspects of all real estate transactions and development projects under review by the Agency. Most recently, she coordinated and supervised external legal services, lead legal review of governance and transformation; handled project monitoring that ensured compliance with Agency rules and regulations and provided legal advice on real estate matters pertaining to the sale, lease, or license of Agency assets and properties.

“Eileen’s extensive experience in public and private real estate development and project management, including public policy implementation, neighborhood planning and development, and complex contract law, will benefit our clients tremendously,” said Marianne Ajemian, chair of Nutter’s Real Estate Department.

Brophy regularly presents on land use, zoning, and urban renewal topics. She earned her J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law and her B.S. from Bridgewater State University.

Nutter’s Real Estate Department provides expertise, both nationally and regionally, on a wide range of legal challenges surrounding all types of real estate, including the most complex transactions and developments. The team works with clients nationally and has broad experience covering real estate transactional and finance work, as well as related entitlement, land use, and environmental matters. In 2022, Nutter handled 230+ real estate loans valued at $4.7 billion; oversaw the permitting for 195+ real estate developments; and managed 310+ commercial property acquisitions and dispositions. Owners, operators, lenders, developers, and others involved in real estate-related transactions frequently turn to Nutter for legal advice and services.

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Nutter is a Boston-based law firm that provides legal counsel to industry-leading companies, entrepreneurs, institutions, foundations, and families, across the country and around the world. The firm’s corporate, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates practices are national in scope. The firm was co-founded in 1879 by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, before his appointment to the Court. For more information, please visit and follow the firm on LinkedIn.

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