Real Estate Development & Finance


Bowditch & Dewey’s Real Estate Development and Financing attorneys offer a broad range of expertise in all types of sophisticated real estate transactions.  Bowditch & Dewey lawyers have a record of success in assisting clients in the acquisition, financing and development of office parks, shopping centers, industrial complexes, affordable housing, assisted living facilities, facilities of higher education, and residential developments. Bowditch & Dewey lawyers guide real estate owners, developers and investors through the maze of government regulation and financing requirements, construction issues and tax considerations that confront them.

Entity formation

Bowditch & Dewey’s real estate and financing team includes corporate and tax lawyers adept at creating joint ventures, limited liability companies and other real estate entities to achieve your strategic and financial goals.

Site acquisition

We help investors and developers navigate all the steps of acquiring a real estate site, from completing due diligence to negotiating with the owner and community groups to drafting the contract for sale.

Environmental due diligence

Bowditch & Dewey’s real estate team includes lawyers who specialize in environmental development issues including wetlands, brownfields and contaminated property issues, and compliance with both NEPA and MEPA regulations.


We are experienced drawing up complicated insurance agreements to insure that no matter what complexities your individual situation might present, you get the insurance coverage you need to safeguard your real estate project.

Planning and permitting​

Bowditch & Dewey has extensive experience helping clients address zoning and environmental issues and obtain permits and approvals from federal, state and local authorities for all types of real estate developments in Massachusetts including MEPA, NEPA and wetlands regulations.  We also have experience with 40B affordable housing regulations and the opportunities they offer developers, and have appeared before local zoning boards to argue successfully for 40B status for real estate developer clients.


Our law firm has extensive experience working on financing strategies for both banks and real estate developers, including public financing strategies. These include:

  • Conventional financing
  • Revenue bonds
  • Industrial development bonds
  • Tax credits
  • Government subsidies
  • District improvement financing
  • Infrastructure investment incentive (I cubed) financing