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LAWRENCE S. DICARA

Larry DiCara is among Boston’s most recognized attorneys and civic leaders. A frequent speaker at colleges, universities and other venues, as well as a regular go-to source in Boston media, Larry has taught at Harvard, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts.

Larry practices real estate and administrative law and has been intimately involved with the development process in and around Boston for more than 40 years.

What do you focus on?

Massachusetts real estate

I represent owners and developers before the Boston Redevelopment Authority and most every other city and state agency in the Commonwealth.

Legislative

I have extensive experience counseling clients on legislative matters at the federal and state levels. I frequently travel to Washington, D.C., to represent clients and have been named Special Counsel to the Massachusetts House of Representatives with respect to redistricting on several occasions.

Boston history and politics

My political memoir, Turmoil and Transition in Boston, was recently published by Hamilton Books. I also recently co-authored two articles about electoral patterns in Boston for Commonwealth Magazine with James Sutherland, a PhD student at Northeastern.

What do you see on the horizon?

I look forward to working with a wide variety of clients and others to continue to bring to fruition our longstanding vision of Boston as a world class city.

Representative Experience

  • Represented the developer in the negotiation of a loan from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and a grant from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) that resulted in the construction of the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum, a histo
    Represented the developer in the negotiation of a loan from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and a grant from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) that resulted in the construction of the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum, a historic attraction in the Fort Point Channel that replicates the Boston Tea Party. Nixon Peabody negotiated a multi-tiered financing and navigated myriad governmental regulations to obtain the more than 60 permits required for the museum’s construction.

  • Represented Boston Residential Group in a proposal to construct 196 privately financed rental housing units that will overlook Boston’s famed Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
    Represented Boston Residential Group in a proposal to construct 196 privately financed rental housing units that will overlook Boston’s famed Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

  • Representation of the developer in the construction of an office building on a site remaining from the Copley Place Air Rights Lease over the Massachusetts Turnpike.
    Representation of the developer in the construction of an office building on a site remaining from the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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  • Determined the applicability of, and obtained all requisite approvals for, the expansion of the Boston campus of an institutional client, including examining zoning relief and processes under Large Project Review, Institutional Master Plan Requiremen
    Determined the applicability of, and obtained all requisite approvals for, the expansion of the Boston campus of an institutional client, including examining zoning relief and processes under Large Project Review, Institutional Master Plan Requirements, Impact Advisory Group requirements, and MEPA.

  • Representation of Instrumentation Laboratory Company in litigation, real estate acquisitions and development, ERISA, and other personnel-related matters.
    Representation of Instrumentation Laboratory Company in litigation, real estate acquisitions and development, ERISA, and other personnel-related matters.

  • Represented Liberty Mutual in the negotiation of TIF and EDIP awards of some $33 million, resulting in the construction of an office building in Boston’s Back Bay. This was the largest TIF/EDIP agreement in the history of the Commonwealth
    Represented Liberty Mutual in the negotiation of TIF and EDIP awards of some $33 million, resulting in the construction of an office building in Boston’s Back Bay. This was the largest TIF/EDIP agreement in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and required extensive negotiations among various state and city agencies and elected officials.

  • Represented ParkMobileGlobal in its negotiations with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), resulting in the adoption of the ParkMobile electronic system for managing the MBTA’s 31,000 parking spaces.
    Represented ParkMobileGlobal in its negotiations with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), resulting in the adoption of the ParkMobile electronic system for managing the MBTA’s 31,000 parking spaces.

  • Representation of various restaurant owners in connection with zoning and liquor licensing matters before the Boston Licensing Board and the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
    Representation of various restaurant owners in connection with zoning and liquor licensing matters before the Boston Licensing Board and the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

  • Represented Converse/Nike in seeking a PILOT agreement with the city that will result in the relocation of Converse Headquarters to a facility near the North Shore.
    Represented Converse/Nike in seeking a PILOT agreement with the city that will result in the relocation of Converse Headquarters to a facility near the North Shore.

  • Representation in the acquisition, development, and leasing of multiple supermarkets in Allston, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Dorchester, Malden, Medford, and Milford, Massachusetts.
    Representation in the acquisition, development, and leasing of multiple supermarkets in Allston, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Dorchester, Malden, Medford, and Milford, Massachusetts.

  • Closed the acquisition of public way from the City of Boston for United Waste Management, culminating two years of work to obtain city and utility approvals and co-petitioned the City and the Boston Redevelopment Authority to take the street and disc
    Closed the acquisition of public way from the City of Boston for United Waste Management, culminating two years of work to obtain city and utility approvals and co-petitioned the City and the Boston Redevelopment Authority to take the street and discontinue its use as a public and private way. The deal allows the client to secure its property and to create more efficient intake for its facility, one of the largest construction recycling facilities in the metro-Boston area.

  • Representation of a large funeral and cemetery services company in the purchase, acquisition, development, and permitting of funeral homes, as well as in litigation resulting from their various businesses.
    Representation of a large funeral and cemetery services company in the purchase, acquisition, development, and permitting of funeral homes, as well as in litigation resulting from their various businesses.

Media Clips

  • What's the Matter with Blackstone? The Steady Move to the Right of Worcester County's Small Working-Class Towns
    CommonWealth | November 17, 2014
    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara authored this column examining a shift among the voting public in a few select Worcester County towns.
  • Thomas M. Menino: A View From City Hall
    WGBH (PBS) | October 30, 2014
    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara, a former Boston City Council president and one-time candidate for mayor, authored this piece reflecting on the legacy of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
  • Christian Science Parcel Sells for $22M
    Boston Business Journal | October 22, 2014
    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara provides third-party commentary in the implementation of long-term use restrictions reflecting Christian Science teachings in the nearly $22M sale of land near Boston's Christian Science Plaza.
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  • BBA Thanks Summer Jobs Volunteers
    BBA Week | September 4, 2014
    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is mentioned in this article that features those who volunteered with the Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs program, which educates students about the legal field.
  • The New Old Downtown
    Bisnow | August 7, 2014
    This article previews a roundtable discussion on the transformation of Boston from a real estate perspective. Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is quoted in the story.
  • Are State Campaign Finance Laws Irrelevant?
    CommonWealth | March 1, 2014
    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara, a former president of the Boston City Council, authored this column discussing the need to overhaul reporting and contribution laws.
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    CommonWealth | November 14, 2013
    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara, former Boston City Council president and one-time candidate for mayor, discusses the recent Boston mayoral vote, which illustrates a split among voters based on education and income.
  • No Surge of ‘New' Voters
    CommonWealth Magazine | October 10, 2013
    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara discusses Boston voting patterns in this column.
  • Boston: No ‘Danger,' Only a ‘Strangler'
    Bloomberg News | July 24, 2013

    Former president of the Boston City Council and Real Estate partner Larry DiCara discusses the differences between the mayoral races in Boston and New York City.

  • Consalvo, Conley, Barros and Ross debate economic development, education at final mayoral mini-forum
    Boston Globe | July 19, 2013

    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara, a former Boston city councilor and one-time candidate for Boston mayor, is highlighted in this piece on the final mini-forum for the Boston mayoral candidates. Larry is unanimously identified as the candidates’ “favorite Boston mayoral also-ran.”

  • Where the Votes are in Boston
    CommonWealth | April 9, 2013

    This contributed article co-authored by Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara focuses on how voting power in Boston has shifted geographically over the past decade.

  • Menino's State of the City to Be Watched Closely
    WBUR (Boston's NPR Station) | January 29, 2013

    Boston partner Larry DiCara, former Boston City Council president and one-time candidate for mayor, discusses the likely content of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s upcoming State of the City address and the mayor’s possible political future.

  • 4 Decades After Clashes, Boston Again Debates School Busing
    New York Times | October 5, 2012

    Boston partner and former Boston City Councilor Larry DiCara is quoted in this feature story addressing Boston’s efforts to reduce its reliance on busing in a school system.

  • Local Business Leaders React to Proposed MBTA Service Cuts
    WBUR | March 5, 2012

    Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara also provides commentary in the piece discussing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) proposed fare hikes and service cuts and their potential impacts.

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