Joan F. Parsons

Joan F. Parsons
Senior Partner / Diversity Partner / Banking & Finance; Real Estate
Boston and New York Offices
617-692-3451 fax

Joan focuses her practice on banking and corporate finance as well as real estate transactions. She has extensive experience representing financial institutions that provide financing for office, retail, industrial, and multi-family properties, and mixed-use development projects, both locally and nationally. She advises lending syndicates in all types of financial matters, including structure, collateral enhancement and covenant requirements as well as agency and co-lender rights and remedies. Her experience also includes working with diverse clients on commercial real estate leasing and contract negotiations.

Since 2007, Joan has been active in the leadership of CREW Boston, successor to New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) and served as its President in 2010 - 2011. CREW Boston is the region's leading professional organization for women in the commercial real estate industry. Established in 1982, CREW Boston provides a forum for professional development and networking to its approximately 500 members.

Joan was recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of its Top Women of Law in 2010 and by Banker & Tradesman as one of its Women of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) in 2011.

Representative Transactions

  • $46 million multi-lender loan for the construction of a regional shopping center
  • $35 million multi-lender loan involving the construction of a first-class office building in a major regional office park
  • $34 million multi-lender loan for the expansion and repositioning of a regional shopping center
  • $60 million construction loan for a first-class residential, commercial and recreational development
  • $15 million loan for the repositioning of a mixed-use development
  • Construction loan for the acquisition and development of a residential condominium complex in Boston, Massachusetts

In The News

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for CREW Boston's 2017 Leadership Award recognizing leaders who have worked to advance women in the Greater Boston real estate community
  • Named a United Way of Massachusetts Bay philanthropic leader of the legal community, 2012
  • Recognized as one of Banker & Tradesman's "Women of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE)" for 2011
  • Recognized as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s "Top Women of Law" for 2010
  • Selected for New England Real Estate Journal's Women In Real Estate issue, November 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • CREW Boston Legacy Council Panel, February 2017, panelist
  • MIT 2011 Real Estate Symposium, April 2011, speaker
  • MIT/Harvard "Bursting With Real Estate Career Day," October 2010 panel, panelist


CREW Boston, successor to New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE):

  • President (2010 – 2011)
  • Board of Directors (2007 – 2012; 2014 - 2015)
  • CREW Delegate and Chapter Champion (2014 – 2015)
  • CREW Committee Chair (2014 – 2015)
  • Legacy Council Member (2011 – present)
  • Programs and Seminars Committee Member (2009 – 2013)
  • Mentor Program Coordinator (2006 - 2010)  and Mentor Program Committee Member and Mentor (2006 - 2015)

United Way Real Estate & Building Industry Leadership Breakfast Committee: Co-chair (2013); Advisor (2014)

National Network of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW):

  • 2014 Chair, Leadership Education Committee
  • 2013 Member, Industry Research Committee

Suburban Professional Women's Network, Founding Member (2014 - present)
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Women's Bar Association


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State of New York


Boston College Law School, J.D., 1989
Tufts University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1986