Ed's practice areas have included real estate, environmental, zoning, and land use litigation and advice in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and before local, state and federal governmental agencies. Litigation experience has also included labor and employment matters and general commercial litigation, with both domestic and international clients. He has appeared before federal and state trial and appellate courts and many administrative and adjudicatory tribunals at the state level and before local city and town administrative boards and commissions. Ed's clients have included developers of recreational and marine facilities, private land owners of shorefront and inland properties, and developers of land for residential purposes.

Representative Client Work

  • Represented clients in disputes over tidelands jurisdiction, application of the public trust doctrine and Chapter 91 license proceedings
  • Resolved zoning, zoning enforcement, title, easements and easements by prescription, adverse possession and other land and land use disputes throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket
  • Successfully represented a yacht club developer in thirty separate proceedings before nine different bodies
  • Represented clients in local and state administrative processes, including Historic District Commission, Conservation Commission, Zoning Board and Planning Board approvals and appeals, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and DALA
  • Represented clients in Environmental Protection Agency proceedings and appeals
  • Represented generator defendants and third-party plaintiffs in Superfund cases
  • Successfully defended a manufacturing concern against claims of ground water contamination
  • Successfully opposed affordable housing petitions
  • Represented clients in litigation of boundaries of water resource areas, resulting in the relocation of a wetlands boundary that permitted residential development of shorefront property and the increase in value of that property to about $17 million
  • Represented landowners in property tax assessment and abatement disputes
  • Representation in family disputes involving real estate, including family limited partnerships and other forms of ownership

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia


  • J.D., Georgetown University
  • Masters of Nuclear Engineering, Cornell University
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Physics, Cornell University

Community Engagement

  • American, Massachusetts, Boston, and International Bar Associations
  • Chair, Energy Committee and Member, Executive Committee for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • Member, The Abstract Club, 2010
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Board of Editors, Massachusetts Law Review, since 1991
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Property Section Council, 1999-
  • Trustee, The Meadowbrook School, Inc., Weston, MA, 1978-1988; Treasurer, 1980-1988
  • Trustee of the Year Award, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Finance Committee, Town of Wayland, 1978-1979
  • Advisory Board, WBUR Public Radio
  • Chairman, Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), November 1997-1999; Secretary, 1996; Director, 1993-2000
  • Past Chair, Education Committee, 1992-1995 and Entrepreneurial Management Committee, 1992-1995
  • Adopt Solar – and Divorce Coal; Can Massachusetts Become Coal Free? Yes, and Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems can do the Job!, Massachusetts Sierra Club (2012)
  • Tear Up Your Energy Bills: Make Your Home Your Clean Energy Power Plant and Combat Climate Change Too!, Mass Sierra Club News (December 20, 2012)
  • Case Comment on Britton v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 59 Mass. App. Ct. 68 (2003)
  • "A Fresh Look at De Novo Review in Chapter 40A, Section 17 Actions and the Role of Aesthetics in Zoning Decisions," 88 Mass. Law Rev. 213 (Spring 2004)
  • "The Elasticity of the Borders of DEP Wetlands Jurisdiction," Mass. Bar Ass’n Sect. Rev., Vol. 4, No. 1, p. 57 (Winter 2002)
  • "Litigating Issues Involving Restrictions on Real Estate" (Oct. 2002), Mass. Bar Ass’n PRB03, Vol. 2, pp. 1-55 and (Feb. 2003), PRC03
  • "Safeguarding the Independence of DEP Administration Law Judges," MCLE Pub. 2001-83040-25, pp. 131-311

Seminars & Presentations

  • "HEEC & HEGLSC Environmental Law Green Exchange," Harvard Extension Environmental Club (February 22, 2013)
  • Lorman Seminars, Sept. and Oct. 2004: Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations and Land Use Restrictions
  • Lorman Seminars, April 2004: Advanced Zoning and Land Use in Massachusetts
  • Presenter, The Conveyancer’s and Litigator’s Guide to Easements and Land Use Restrictions, Mass. Bar Ass’n, CLE (October 2002)
  • Limits on Governmental Authority to Enact or Enforce Environmental Regulations, MCLE (July 23, 2001)


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