Mitali Biswas focuses her practice on Massachusetts real estate law, advising and representing clients needing help with zoning and permitting, property finance, leasing and conveyancing transactions involving residential and commercial property. Mitali advises a wide variety of commercial clients, particularly in central Massachusetts, MetroWest and Boston, on real estate zoning and development projects involving historic structures, solar facilities and mixed-use projects and real estate transfers relating to estate planning matters.
Mitali has experience researching complex legal issues involving zoning, variances, leasing, environmental and other commercial real estate issues. Mitali regularly coordinates with municipal and state authorities on a wide range of licensing, permitting and zoning issues and works directly with residential and non-profit clients on real property transactions with substantial tax implications. “Clients value my responsiveness and quick turn-around,” she adds. “I’m a people-person and an asset when working with public agencies.”
Prior to joining the firm in early 2017, Mitali advocated for low-income and elderly clients in foreclosure proceedings before the Worcester Housing Court on behalf of Community Legal Aid. “I also handled fair housing and landlord-tenant disputes on the tenant side and assisted a variety of clients through the Lawyer for a Day Program,” she said. During law school, she worked as a legal intern for two Boston-area law firms and served as an Intern Clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Mitali also interned in the Governor’s Office in the Office of Cabinet Affairs, where she reviewed multiple policies and reports from different state agencies and met with constituents on various community issues. Mitali attended hearings and reviewed policies, reports and statements to make sure the message was in line with the governor’s initiatives and she met with community groups that raised issues, including those involving nuclear power plants and evacuation safety.
A lifelong passion, Mitali now teaches classical dance through the India Society of Worcester.
- Corporator, YWCA
- Founder, Satvikam School of Dance
- India Society of Worcester
- Worcester Advisory Board, Bottom Line
- Former Volunteer, Projects Abroad, Human Rights Office, Cape Town, South Africa
- J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
- B.A., magna cum laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Maintaining connection with a client during a difficult real estate transaction
Mitali’s client, an out-of-state general partnership, wanted to sell a commercial property in Massachusetts to a tenant. “The transaction was complicated by environmental issues,” she noted, “which we researched, discussed with the client and negotiated related terms in the purchase and sale agreement with the buyer.” She coordinated with the client on necessary documentation for the deal.
Effective communications help in securing license permits
A client needed certain liquor licenses for scheduled events important to its business. Mitali communicated with the client, coordinated obtaining necessary information and prepared the applications. “Developing rapport with state and local licensing authorities helped move the process forward quickly and effectively. Having a point of contact for each submission ensured more timely responses.” Mitali assisted in filing a farmer-brewery license and a pouring permit application and she attended a town hearing so that the licenses were approved in time to meet the client’s deadlines, helping ensure the client’s business operations continued smoothly.
A post-foreclosure case for Community Legal Aid
As Staff Attorney with Legal Aid, Mitali represented a single mother in a post-foreclosure case. There was a defect in title to the client’s property, according to Mitali, so that the client was unable to sell her property and, in the meantime, fell behind on her mortgage payments and was foreclosed. “The first time I met the client was in the courtroom through the Lawyer for a Day program. I made a motion to compel discovery, which provided additional information and time for me to review the client’s case,” Mitali said. Upon determining that a prior foreclosure was void under Ibañez, Mitali argued a Motion to Dismiss, which was allowed.