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.


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.

Beyond the Bio: 16 questions with Nixon Peabody partner Larry DiCara

Bisnow | April 30, 2018

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara is featured in this Q&A, looking back at some of the biggest deals and most important lessons in his career.

A Look at Air Rights in Boston, San Francisco and New York

Law360 | February 06, 2018

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara and San Francisco real estate associate Ian O’Banion co-wrote this contributed article on municipalities that are coping with population growth by increasing their use of “air rights”—the concept that a person who owns a plot of land also owns the sky above.

Charlestown, a neighborhood in flux, becomes political battleground

Boston Globe | September 17, 2017

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara, who previously served as city council president, is quoted in this article about the upcoming preliminary election for the District One seat on Boston’s city council.

Comparing real estate restrictions in 2 great cities

Law360 | July 28, 2017

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara and San Francisco real estate associate Ian O’Banion co-authored this article comparing the real estate markets of Boston and San Francisco.

As South Boston changes, so do its politics and councilor

Boston Globe | June 10, 2017

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara is quoted in this article regarding the increasing popularity of Boston’s LGBT Pride parade as a campaign ground.

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.


Lawrence S. DiCara



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


U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Larry was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the field of Real Estate Law. Larry has been listed in Best Lawyers 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.

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