Vic counsels clients on regulatory compliance and permitting matters in all areas of environmental and land use law. He represents clients with respect to environmental, zoning and other land use aspects of business and real estate transactions and has worked on various major Boston area developments, including waterfront projects. Vic oversees environmental due diligence for acquisitions and financings of industrial and commercial properties throughout the country, representing both domestic and foreign companies. He also represents clients before state and local agencies in seeking permits.

A long-time resident of Hingham, Vic has worked on several of the town’s boards and committees, including the Advisory Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Zoning Permit Study Committee. Recently, he served as chairman of a subcommittee evaluating a proposal to acquire a private water company servicing Hingham, Hull, and north Cohasset.

Representative Client Work

  • Represents REITs in connection with environmental and land use due diligence for various portfolio and individual acquisitions of industrial, truck stop and gasoline station, office, hotel and senior living properties.
  • Handled environmental issues in connection with sale of wire coating business located at a former tannery. Addressed issues with buyer relating to historical site contamination, PFAS, and compliance with European Union REACH and California Proposition 65 requirements relating to use and disclosure of chemicals.
  • Acted as local counsel for Japanese investor in two Massachusetts power plants. Handled diligence with respect to Clean Air Act and other environmental and land use compliance, as well as site contamination issues. Evaluated status of Energy Facilities Siting Board approval for proposed plant expansion. Worked on disclosure schedule for purchase agreement.
  • Represented developer of mixed-use tower in Boston’s Seaport District. Handled zoning and environmental permitting issues and related mitigation agreements, drafted Plan Development Area development plan, and addressed issues under Massachusetts Contingency Plan. Project involved Municipal Harbor Plan amendment and Chapter 91 waterways licensing. Drafted zoning and environmental opinions for project financing and worked on environmental indemnity agreements. 
  • Advised owner of former industrial site, which had previously received no further action determination for historic environmental contamination, regarding request by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate potential trichloroethylene contamination under new, more restrictive state standards.
  • Represented foreign real estate investment trust in connection with environmental and land-use issues related to its initial U.S. acquisition involving 30-property portfolio, including sites subject to an environmental consent decree. Advised as to requirements and liabilities under U.S. and local environmental and zoning law.
  • Analyzed potential impact of Rivers Protection Act on proposed redevelopment of former mill property in western Massachusetts.
  • Handled environmental issues for borrower in connection with financing for 180 industrial properties in Hawaii. Identified plan to identify and resolve environmental issues to lender's satisfaction and negotiated environmental indemnity agreement.
  • Acted as local counsel for buyer of Boston-area automobile dealerships regarding post-closing environmental issues arising under the purchase and sale agreements.
  • Reviewed environmental contamination and regulatory compliance issues for investor in industrial mushroom growing business.
  • 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, residential 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 pre-treatment standards under the Clean Waters Act.
  • Represented landowners in development and termination of activity and use limitations under Massachusetts environmental laws.

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
  • Editor, Massachusetts Law Review (various editorial positions 1996 - present)
  • Vice Chairman, Town of Hingham Advisory Committee; Member, 2014 - present
  • Member, NAIOP Government Affairs Committee
  • Former Vice Chair, Newsletter Editor for the Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
  • Past Chair, Water Quality Committee of Boston Bar Association
  • Past member, Environmental Law Section Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association
  • Former Chair and member, Town of Hingham Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Former Chairman, Town of Hingham Zoning Permit Study Committee

Awards & Honors

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

Seminars & Presentations

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

Practices

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