Pomerene Law is a business and transaction-oriented law practice in Plymouth, Massachusetts, founded in October 2005. Before I started Pomerene Law, I had spent 25 years practicing law in downtown Boston law firms, the last 17 of which I was a partner in a firm that went out of business at the end of 2005. I was a member of the Business and Real Estate practice groups at this firm and chaired the Real Estate practice group for a number of years.
The goal of Pomerene Law is to provide a high-level of service and expertise to businesses, non-profits and individuals more cost-effectively that was possible in the big-city high-rise environment, utilizing my own skills and experience in my practice areas, and to function as advisor and counsel in obtaining equivalent quality representation in other law practice areas through the extensive network of other lawyers that I have developed over the years and continue to develop.
I have extensive experience in several areas of corporate, commercial and real estate practice, including:
Transactional Work. Shaping, negotiating, documenting and closing many high-level business, real estate and mixed asset transactions, including purchases and sales of businesses and assets, private equity financing, commercial credit, structured finance, facilities leases and subleases including build-to-suit, financing and collateralized leases, equipment leasing and sale-leasebacks.
General Business and Corporate Counsel. Formation, ownership, restructuring, governance, financing, leases, other contracts, insurance, executive compensation and benefits, and correlation of corporate matters with estate planning imperatives in the case of closely-held businesses. Some federal and state securities regulatory experience, principally Reg. D but also public company and reporting company involvement from time to time. Have served on business corporation and non-profit boards.
Real Estate. Purchase, sale, financing, leasing and development of commercial and residential properties. Zoning and permitting, financing leases, environmental issues, dispute resolution, experience with zoning appeals and title cases in Massachusetts Land Court. Titles and title insurance.
Workouts and Restructuring. Real estate and non-real estate. Corporate reorganizations, negotiating and converting primary and subordinated debt positions, intercreditor agreements, foreclosures and secured party sales. Have represented primarily creditors but sometimes debtors, including transactions for and with Chapter 11 debtors.
Trademarks and Brand Protection. Applications to and post-filing process in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Have had success obtaining secondary meaning registration for surname and descriptive marks, and other difficult-to-register marks.
Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, often as elements of business ownership and succession planning.
Litigation in the Massachusetts Land Court. Have been involved in other real estate, debtor-creditor, commercial and trademark litigation.
Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif (top 10% of graduating class); Boston College Law Review (outside articles editor 3rd year); research assistant to Professors of Taxation Paul R. McDaniel, Esq. and Hugh J. Ault, Esq.
Boston College, B.A., cum laude; major, English; Honors Program; National Merit Scholar; co-founded and edited The Heights Review, a features supplement to the student newspaper; authored article about 1954 U.S.-sponsored coup d'etat in Guatemala, published in Boston College political science journal.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Open Space Committee, Town of Plymouth, MA, Member (2005-present); Planning Board appointee; position combines knowledge and experience in development and environmental/resource protection to provide a balance viewpoint on this Committee which will play and important part in the planning for Plymouth’s future growth.
Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Hingham, MA, Associate Member (2002-2003).
Massachusetts Bar Association (1980's-present).
Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association (1980's to present).
American Bar Association (1980's–2005).
Boston Bar Association (1980-2005); former co-chair, Title and Title Insurance Committee.
South Shore Chamber of Commerce (1990's to 2006); former chair, Committee For Small Business and Real Estate Committee.
Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce (2005-present).
Massachusetts Bar Foundation (charitable arm of Massachusetts Bar Association); lifetime fellow.
Christian Legal Society (1990's to present); past President of Boston Chapter.
Governor's Advisory Task Force on the Massachusetts Department of Revenue; Assistant to Task Force Chair Paul R. McDaniel (1983).