159231_bioimage

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 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.
  • Representation of the developer in the construction of an office building on a site remaining from the Massachusetts Turnpike.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

For marijuana law, now the grown up hour

Commonwealth Magazine | March 20, 2017

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara contributed this article about the next steps in the legislative process regarding Massachusetts adult-use marijuana laws.

Downtown Boston's vibrant again, but its future can't be taken for granted

Bisnow | January 24, 2017

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara is featured in this article as a result of his recent participation in Bisnow’s future of downtown Boston event that focused on the transformation of the city in recent years.

Jewelers Exchange won't help advance plan for high-rise

The Boston Globe | May 05, 2016

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara provides commentary in this feature article on a proposed new high-rise building in Boston’s Downtown Crossing area.

City rife with untracked development tax breaks

Boston Globe | August 02, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is mentioned in this article about his representation of Liberty Mutual in 2010 when the insurance giant opted to stay in downtown Boston.

Boston, Casino Developer at Odds over Roads

The Boston Globe | July 02, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is quoted in this story on the politics surrounding possible road improvements leading to and from the proposed Everett, MA, casino complex.

Back Bay Towers Offered for $1.5b

The Boston Globe | June 04, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is quoted in this article discussing two well-known office and retail buildings in Boston’s Back Bay that are on the market for $1.5 billion—among the highest asking prices for commercial space in Boston history.

End downtown Boston's Busmageddon

CommonWealth | March 31, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara authored this article discussing the need for the MBTA to add reworking bus routes in an effort to ease Boston’s commuter problems.

Kid-Free Boston

CommonWealth Magazine | March 19, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara co-authored this column discussing the decline in children among Boston’s population that is dramatically reshaping the city.

On Fairmount Line, Opportunity Knocks

CommonWealth | February 18, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara authored this column discussing the importance of transit-oriented development.

Looking for the Man or Woman on a Horse

CommonWealth | January 20, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara co-authored this column discussing whether the 2016 presidential race can produce a transformational leader.

Walsh's State of the City

WBUR (NPR Boston) | January 13, 2015

Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara is featured in this coverage discussing Boston Mayor Walsh’s first year in office, what’s been working and his goals for the next year.

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.

BBA Thanks Summer Jobs Volunteers

BBA Week | September 04, 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 07, 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.

Contact

Lawrence S. DiCara

Partner

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1210


Fax: 866-947-1765

University of Massachusetts, LL.D., (Hon.)

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.A.

Suffolk University Law School, J.D.

Harvard College, A.B., cum laude

Boston Latin School

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Larry has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 for Real Estate Law in Boston, MA. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2012.

Larry has also been recognized as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in Real Estate based on a peer-review survey by Thomson Reuters (2004-2012).

Larry has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.

Larry was recognized in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500: USA as a Leading Lawyer in the Real Estate category.

In recent years, he has received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the AJC, the Father of the Year Award from the American Diabetes Association, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Boys State/Girls State Foundation.

Larry DiCara is a former member and president of the Boston City Council and has served as a member of the Democratic State Committee for over 40 years.

He serves as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Harvard Cooperative Society. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee of the City of Boston and is active in many other civic and charitable endeavors. For over forty years, he has taught government at Massachusetts Boys State/Girls State. Larry DiCara has served as Treasurer of the Boston Bar Association and a member of its Council and chairs its Legislative Steering Committee. He is former President of the Boston Latin School Association, the Greater Boston Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Boston Theatre District Association, former Chairman of The Boston Municipal Research Bureau, former Chairman of A Better City, and a former Trustee of the University of Massachusetts.

Back to top