As President and Chairman of the firm, it is part of my job to set the firm’s priorities and values. First, we emphasize the importance of knowing our clients’ business. As a firm, we understand commercial real estate and we recognize that our job is to advance each client’s business, not just to close a particular deal or win a certain lawsuit. Legal strategy is dictated by business goals. Second, we aim to be perfect in everything that we do. Obviously, not everything can be perfect every time, but that is our ethos. Third, we strive to practice law the right way – to treat everyone with respect and to understand that the practice of law is not personal. Finally, we take ethics seriously and the firm will always back our attorneys to do what is ethically right and required in their practices.
Our clients like working with the lawyers here at Dain Torpy. We have been rewarded with great client loyalty. We appreciate it.
I also head the firm’s litigation practice. We have three full-time trial lawyers in our group, as well as a number of other lawyers for whom litigation is part of their practices. We work collaboratively as a team and meet regularly to go over all of our cases. As a group, we work on disputes that arise for our clients in the commercial real estate industry. These disputes can arise in traditional land use (such as zoning and permitting) and real estate (purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, adverse possession and boundary disputes) fields, in tort and negligence cases (such as premises liability or nuisance cases), or in business settings (other breach of contract cases, commission disputes, corporate governance and fiduciary duty issues). We spend as much time with our clients discussing dispute or risk avoidance, management (such as through insurance coverage), and resolution as we do actively litigating and going to trial. Our aim, again, is to help our clients achieve their goals; litigation is really just business by other means.
I have been practicing for more than 20 years, the first 10 at the national law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where I chaired that firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Litigation practice group. Early in my career, I focused on commercial litigation, representing companies in disputes around the country. My honors and professional and civic activities include:
Perhaps my greatest professional honor has been the trust put in me by the clients with whom I’ve worked, including such outstanding commercial real estate companies and other institutions as:
I am the co-founder of the Restaurant Investment Group, created to raise and manage a fund to provide equity to start-up buzz-worthy restaurants looking to open in the Boston area. We started RIG in response to concerns expressed by our landlord clients that new-economy tenants were demanding amenities in their buildings, particularly independent restaurants (no chains), but that such potential restaurant tenants lack credit and therefore are greater risks than national credit tenants (chains). Our landlords were open to the idea of taking on the risk of these local independent operators because it helps drive demand for the upper floors (people want to be in buildings with cool retail on the first floor). RIG helps manage that risk by vetting the operators, helping with the business plan, and providing access to capital. We have been featured in articles in Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, National Eater, and elsewhere. We currently have two restaurants under development in Boston.
As a result of my involvement in restaurant investment, I was asked to serve on the board of the Restaurant Discovery Project, a non-profit that seeks to identify and support young minority chefs who hope to open their own restaurants some day in underserved neighborhoods of Boston.
I graduated from Michigan Law School (cum laude) in 1995, and from Vassar College (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1993. I am also a graduate of Newton North High School.