Adam has more than 35 years of experience in real estate law, including commercial real estate investment, finance and development across the full range of asset types throughout the United States.

Adam's work includes joint ventures and partnerships; acquisitions, sales and exchanges; ground leases; construction, permanent and mezzanine financing; zoning, land use and permitting; entity structuring and formation transactions; private equity fund formation and transactions; REITs; property management, development management and asset management agreements; development agreements; REAs and other easements and covenants; and residential and commercial condominiums.

Prior to joining Sullivan, Adam was a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP. He served as chair of that firm’s Real Estate Finance Practice and as a member of its Real Estate Development & Permitting, Real Estate Investment Management, and REITs Practices.

Representative Client Work

  • Representation of global student and multifamily housing developer in all aspects of its work in the US, including ground leasing and fee acquisition of development sites from both institutional and private landowners and the full range of development activities from permitting and site-related agreements through equity and debt financing on both a construction and permanent basis
  • Representation of private equity fund in acquisition, acquisition of easement and development rights, and disposition of lab properties in Boston and Watertown, MA
  • Representation of developer in ground lease and financing of multifamily project in Seaport district of Boston, MA   
  • Representation of real estate private equity fund in permitting and development of office/lab building in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
  • Representation of owner in its refinancing of the fee interest in ground leased lab buildings in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
  • Representation of a public real estate development company in all aspects of development of a 2.7 million square foot mixed-use project on 29 acres in Cambridge, MA ground leased from an educational institution, and in a large number of related transactions
  • Representation of a public REIT in development of a research building to expand headquarters for scientific institution on a legally and physically complicated site in Cambridge, MA, involving ground lease and commercial condominium structures
  • Representation of a scientific institution in rezoning and entitlements for expansion of its headquarters research facility in Cambridge, MA
  • Representation of a real estate private equity fund in acquisitions and dispositions of both stabilized assets and redevelopment sites in the Boston, MA metropolitan area, including a wide variety of related development, permitting and transactional work
  • Representation of a multifamily operating and investment company in fund formation and joint venture transactions for properties located throughout the south and southeastern US
  • Representation of a sovereign wealth fund in acquisition of to-be-built luxury hotel component of mixed-use tower in Boston, MA, including negotiation of commercial condominium documents
  • Representation of developer for 125-unit waterfront condominium project in Boston, MA
  • Representation of a developer in zoning, permitting and other development work for a 100-unit multifamily project in Cambridge, MA
  • Representation of several educational and cultural institutions in development and expansion projects
  • Representation of a joint venture between a national development company and a real estate private equity fund to acquire, finance and redevelop a warehouse building in Brooklyn, NY for “creative office” use
  • Representation of a life insurance company in a complex financing of both fee and ground leasehold interests in a Kentucky office building

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts


  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Yale University

Community Engagement

  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • NAIOP Massachusetts Commercial Real Estate Development Association (Executive Committee; Special Chair—Strategic Initiatives; past chair, Special Events, Programs and Government Affairs Committees)
  • Real Estate Roundtable

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2021-2023)
  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2013, 2016-2017, 2019, 2022)
  • NAIOP Massachusetts Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Public Affairs Award

Seminars & Presentations



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