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David H. Abbott

Tel: 617-523-5520
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Real Estate, Land Use, Corporate

Bill Abbott graduated from Harvard College in 1960, magna cum laude, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School in 1966, magna cum laude, having served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1967, receiving the highest grade in the Commonwealth on the Bar Examination of June 1967. In 2008, Mr. Abbott was elected to the Board of Overseers of the Harvard Law Review. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated.

During 1966 through 1967, Mr. Abbott served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the United States Secretary of Agriculture. In 1968, Mr. Abbott became associated with the Boston-based national real estate development firm of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes Co. (“CC&F”). In 1972, Mr. Abbott became Vice President and General Counsel of CC&F.  For the various CC&F subsidiaries (some 211 entities) Mr. Abbott was responsible for all legal matters, and supervision of all aspects (demolition, zoning and land use permitting, construction, financing, leasing, partnership syndications, environmental controls, etc.) of many types of real estate ventures, including negotiations of joint venture agreements, partnerships, mortgages and sale-leasebacks. The nature of the real estate associated with such ventures included industrial parks, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels and residential communities.

In 1977, Mr. Abbott joined the association now named Simonds, Winslow, Willis & Abbott, concentrating his practice on all aspects of real estate law, including commercial development and leasing, environmental law, and land use permitting matters. He represents commercial real estate developers, landlords and tenants.  Specifically, Mr. Abbott has handled on behalf of landlords and/or property managers the commercial leasing of buildings including, among others, Sixty State Street, 40 Broad Street, Ten Post Office Square/10 Post Office Square, and 50 Milk Street in Boston, MA, and Westborough Office Park in Westborough, MA, and New England Industrial Center (now New England Business Center) on Route 128 in Needham, MA, and the development of residential projects in Easton and Tyngsboro, and the conversion of a mill to a residential project in Westford, all in Massachusetts.

Mr. Abbott also served as counsel to The Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts as the Trust grew from the stewardship of two small parcels in Plymouth, MA to become the largest landholding trust in Southeastern Massachusetts with properties in excess of 5,000 acres.

Mr. Abbott has appeared frequently before municipal boards and conservation commissions, and before the Department of Environmental Protection, and before the District, Superior, Land, Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court, as well as Federal courts.  Mr. Abbott’s reported decisions include Plymouth Cty. Nuclear Info. Comm. v. Energy Facilities Siting Council, 374 Mass. 236 (1978) and Plymouth Cty. Nuclear Info. Comm. v. Boston Edison Co., 655 F.2d 15 (1st Cir. 1977); and Enos v. Secretary of Environ. Affairs, 432 Mass. 131 (Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 2000).

Mr. Abbott has three adult children, and lives in Plymouth with his wife, Susan. 

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