Vic counsels clients on regulatory compliance and permitting matters in all areas of environmental and land use law. He regularly represents clients with respect to environmental, zoning and other land use aspects of business and real estate transactions and has been involved with a number of major Boston area developments, including various waterfront projects. Vic has overseen environmental due diligence for acquisitions and financings of numerous industrial and commercial properties throughout the country. He also represents clients before state and local agencies in seeking permits and in administrative enforcement proceedings.

Representative Client Work

  • Represented REITs in connection with environmental and land use due diligence for various portfolio acquisitions of industrial, truck stop and gasoline station, office, hotel and senior living properties
  • Represented the seller of a soft drink bottling business in negotiating environmental provisions of sales agreement and obtaining environmental insurance 
  • Represented a developer of two office towers and 425 room hotel along Boston waterfront with respect to environmental, zoning and other land use regulatory requirements and prepared zoning and environmental opinions for various project financings 
  • Represented landowners in obtaining zoning approvals for retail, office, biomedical, restaurant, industrial, assisted living and school projects
  • Represented a metals manufacturer in connection with a fundamentally different factors variance request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from industrial pretreatment standards under the Clean Waters Act
  • Represented landowners in development and termination of activity and use limitations under Massachusetts environmental laws
  • Represented a transmission company in connection with a petition to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for exemption from local zoning requirements for the development of a new transmission line
  • Represented an energy company in connection with permitting issues for the proposed development of a new substation and transmission lines

Bar & Court Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Chicago
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Brown University

Community Engagement

  • American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations
  • Vice Chair, Committee Newsletter for the Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (2013-present)
  • Past Chair (1989-90), Water Quality Committee of Boston Bar Association
  • Environmental Law Section Steering Committee (1989-90), Boston Bar Association
  • Editor, Massachusetts Law Review (Editor in Chief, 2006-2009; Articles Editor, 2003-2006; Book Review Editor, 2000-2003; Associate Editor, 1996-2000, 2009-present)
  • Member, Town of Hingham Advisory Committee (2014-Present)
  • Town of Hingham Zoning Board of Appeals (Associate Member, 1987-1994, 2000-2006; Member, 1994-2000; Chair, 1996-97)
  • Chairman, Town of Hingham Zoning Permit Study Committee (2006-2008)
  • Corporator, Boston Biomedical Research Institute

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America (2019)
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2018)

Seminars & Presentations

  • Lectured and organized programs on various aspects of water pollution control law, toxic substance law and the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release, Prevention and Response Act

Practices

Industries

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