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 residential, 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, the Zoning Permit Study Committee, and the Naming By-Law Committee. He also served as chairman of a subcommittee evaluating a proposal to acquire a private water company servicing Hingham, Hull, and north Cohasset.

Representative Client Work

  • Represented building owner in connection with release of elevator hydraulic oil to storm drainage system leading to adjacent river.  Advised as to regulatory compliance and worked with consultant on notification requirements and preparation of reports to investigate and close out the release
  • Advised Swedish company as to environmental contamination and regulatory compliance in connection with acquisition of an air filtration manufacturing business.  Worked on environmental provisions in stock purchase agreement and disclosure schedules
  • Advised landlord regarding environmental provisions for a new lease of former industrial property in Hawaii
  • Represented landowners on environmental indemnity agreements and environmental provisions of loan agreements in connection with secured financings for both portfolio and individual properties
  • Advised landowner in connection with environmental restrictive covenant to closeout remediation of a contaminated petroleum site
  • Represented developer regarding state and federal regulatory requirements in connection with acquisition of former industrial property contaminated with volatile organic compounds and polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Advised travel center company in connection with the negotiation of Master Services Agreement with environmental consulting firm and with respect to contract with wastewater disposal facility
  • Conducted review of practices, policies and procedures of the City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal and prepared comprehensive memorandum providing recommendations for the improvement of Board practices
  • Represents several 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
  • Represented developer of residential apartment project in Boston's Fenway neighborhood in connection with zoning relief, Article 80 large project review, and other project permits
  • Analyzed zoning and permitting compliance for acquisition of a proposed mixed-use residential development project in Bay Village section of Boston, including affordable housing and other mitigation agreements; prepared zoning opinion for construction financing
  • Represented developer of residential project located on a former solid waste disposal facility, including advice on zoning compliance, permit modifications, environmental contamination issues, and closure of the solid waste facility
  • Advised client acquiring shipyard business in Boston's Raymond Flynn Marine Park as to environmental compliance by existing operations and zoning requirements for potential redevelopment
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Represented 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

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 (Editor-in-Chief, 2006-2009; various other editorial positions 1996 - present)
  • Member, NAIOP Government Affairs Committee
  • Former Member, Town of Hingham Advisory Committee (2014 - 2021; Chairman 2019 – 2020)
  • 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 (2013-2017)
  • Former Chair, Water Quality Committee of Boston Bar Association
  • Former 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
  • Member, Town of Hingham Naming By-Law Committee (2021 – present)

Awards & Honors

  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers, Land Use Environment (2021, 2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2019-2023)
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2018-2022)

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

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