Jennifer L. Garner

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Associate
Jen Garner represents real estate owners, developers and industry professionals in a wide variety of disputes and advises clients on real business matters such as construction, permitting, zoning and environmental compliance.

Jen was selected for participation in the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Women's Leadership Program, the premier leadership program for Greater Boston's next generation of women business leaders.

Drawing on her experience in commercial negotiation and litigation, Jen routinely defends her clients’ investments in real estate projects before municipal boards and state and federal courts. She recently defended an appeal in a matter where plaintiffs challenged the development of a shopping center, alleging that town officials had given the developer preferential treatment in zoning decisions for the site. In a separate matter, she negotiated a favorable settlement in a commercial leasing dispute involving payment of treble rent for alleged holdover of premises. She has also represented a developer before a municipal Zoning Board of Appeals involving issues of standing and application of terms defined in a town’s zoning by-laws.

At the firm, Jen serves as chair of the Associates Committee and as co-editor of the firm’s blog “LGBTQ Legal Issues”, which provides news and analysis on issues affecting the LGBTQ community. She is also a regular contributor to two of the firm’s other blogs – “Commercial Real Estate Insight & News” and “At the Bar with Bowditch”, a legal blog for the craft brewing community.

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Jen taught high school Spanish in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 

Admitted to Practice: 

Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
First Circuit Court of Appeals
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Representative Experience:

  • For a developer, successfully defended appeal of Superior Court’s allowance of a motion to dismiss in matter where Plaintiffs challenged development of shopping center, alleging that town officials had given the developer preferential treatment in zoning decisions for the site; Appeals Court affirmed dismissal of lower court case for lack of standing.
  • For a developer, successfully opposed Residents' Zoning Board Appeal involving issues of standing and the application of the term, "retail health center" as defined in the Hopkinton zoning by-laws
  • For national retail pharmacy, obtained favorable settlement in leasing dispute involving payment of treble rent for alleged holdover of premises
  • For national pharmacy, obtained favorable settlement in leasing dispute involving disparate interpretations of option clause.

Professional/Community Affiliations: 

  • Member, The Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
  • Member, Committee for Transgender Inclusion