About the Authors


blogCoxRobert D. Cox, Jr. – Editor

Bob is recognized as one of the top environmental lawyers in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Environmental Law, and since 2004, he has been selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers.  Bob counsels clients on environmental compliance and enforcement actions and defends claims brought by government environmental enforcement agencies. He has significant experience in NPDES water permitting, including appeals of NPDES permits to the Environmental Appeals Board, and administrative appeals and hearings on MassDEP issued permits  He also represents clients in cost recovery claims and private party litigation under Chapter 21E and CERCLA, and regularly advises clients on brownfields development activities and on strategies to limit or shift environmental liability risks in connection with real estate or business transfers. Bob is a frequent speaker on environmental law and has authored many publications on current topics in the practice of environmental law.


blogBauerPaul C. Bauer – Practice Area Leader for Real Estate & Environmental Group

Paul Bauer represents businesses and individuals in transactional matters with an emphasis in real estate and commercial law, representing developers, mortgage lenders, tenants and property owners in a wide variety of industries in complex development, acquisition, financing, and leasing transactions.

Paul works with developers, investors, and property end users to negotiate and structure real estate-based projects. He has advised clients on multiple party mixed-use and affordable housing projects. He represents a number of real estate companies in a variety of commercial sectors including office, industrial and retail in the sale, acquisition, financing, management and leasing of their real property investments. Paul advises income property owners on issues including estate planning, real property acquisitions and sales and property ownership structuring.


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Ms. Feeney’s practice focuses on real estate development and land use, construction services, general representation of colleges, universities, and secondary schools, commercial and retail leasing, facilities-related regulatory, code and licensing matters, and transactional matters for higher education and other non-profit organizations.  Ms. Feeney has extensive experience representing colleges, universities and secondary schools in business, operational and regulatory matters, construction, and real estate, drawing on her practice for over ten years as a University Attorney at the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University and the representation of local and regional colleges and universities and non-profit organizations. Ms. Feeney is a frequent lecturer on education law, zoning, real estate, construction and regulatory topics.


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Christopher Mercurio

Christopher Mercurio focuses his practice on all aspects of real estate law including drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, leases, and loan documents, as well as analyzing and resolving title and zoning issues. During Law School, Chris served as Editor-In-Chief of the BU Law School Review of Banking and Financial Law. In 2013 he was a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Keith C. Long, in the Massachusetts Land Court, and he was a Law Clerk with DeMoura & Smith, a general practice law firm in Boston. While in law school he was a Research Assistant to Professor James Fleming.


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Joshua Lee Smith

Mr. Smith’s practice includes a variety of complex commercial real estate matters involving acquisitions and dispositions, permitting, leasing, environmental compliance and financing. His clients primarily consist of developers, corporations and colleges and universities.  He works closely with public utility companies on projects involving the siting, development and permitting of substations, high voltage transmission lines and operations centers. He is a 2011 recipient of the “40 Under Forty” Award by the Worcester Business Journal.


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Robert Sudmyer

Mr. Sudmyer has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, including representing owners, developers and educational institutions in the planning of projects and before municipal and state boards and agencies in the permitting process, drafting and negotiation of construction documents for public and private projects, and completion of financing and issuance of legal opinions. He represents commercial landlords and tenants in lease negotiations for office buildings, shopping centers, and manufacturing facilities and commercial lenders in documenting loans secured by real estate and business assets. Mr. Sudmyer represents owners and lenders in negotiations with municipal and state agencies with respect to environmental matters, including Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 21E and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan. A substantial part of his practice is devoted to counseling clients involved in municipal, state and federal permitting processes, with particular emphasis on zoning and environmental laws relating to the development and use of real estate.