Real Estate / Business / Tax Law

Providing support and service to owners and developers in all aspects of commercial real estate; serving as outside general counsel to a wide variety of entities to work with them to resolve the day-to-day legal issues that impact their businesses through all phases of the business cycle; advising on tax aspects of entity formation and a broad array of commercial transactions.

Riemer & Braunstein’s real estate/business/tax law practice area combines the expertise of our lawyers from these three disciplines to provide a broad range of coordinated services to our clientele.

The firm’s real estate practice works with our business law practice to provide experienced support and service to owners and developers in all aspects of commercial real estate acquisition, divestiture and development. In addition to regional real estate practices, the firm handles acquisitions and dispositions on a national basis. We also participate in numerous industry organizations.

Our real estate team works closely with our Land Use/Land Use Litigation practice area to work with our clients on entitlements for development projects throughout Massachusetts.

Our tax team collaborates with our business and real estate practices and our tax credits and community finance group to ensure efficient tax structuring and compliance with relevant tax law and administrative guidance, enabling clients to meet their business and economic objectives within these constraints. A major part of the tax team’s work is in the tax credit and incentives space, providing advice to firm clients on qualification with the specific requirements of those programs and assessing risk of recapture or disallowance of various tax benefits.

The addition of our New York City, Chicago, Miami, and Newport Beach offices has expanded our real estate capabilities to provide for the representation of owners of commercial real estate in the New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles and Southern California areas. Our attorneys have a wide range of real estate experience, including the leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate.

The Riemer & Braunstein real estate practice is known for spotting key trends in the market and designing legal strategies to meet these new challenges. Riemer & Braunstein attorneys are often asked to moderate and participate on real estate industry panels to discuss industry trends and to comment on these trends for newspaper articles and for television news segments.

The firm’s business and tax lawyers provide representation to a diverse group of businesses and their owners. Our attorneys are trained through decades of relevant experience to serve as outside general counsel to a wide variety of companies and other entities, and to work with them to resolve the day-to-day legal and tax issues that impact their businesses through all phases of the business cycle; furnishing each client, large or small, with practical legal advice and skilled representation. We work closely with other areas of the firm to draw upon the expertise and talent available to serve our clients.

We strive to understand the workings of our clients’ businesses and the critical decision-making that goes into fueling their success. Our goal is to be a trusted advisor, and our commitment is to be responsive to our clients’ needs and to add value to their endeavors.

Our broad range of clients include closely-held businesses, whether held by a single family or a group of unrelated individuals, individual entrepreneurs, and larger businesses of all types. Their industries include financial services, manufacturing, high tech, sales, real estate development, construction, management, investment, finance, and professional services. We also represent overseas companies in establishing U.S. based subsidiaries and operations.

Range of Services


Real Estate

  • Environmental law
  • Land acquisition and sales
  • Commercial, industrial, office, and biotech leasing
  • Easements
  • Title cases
  • Title insurance issues
  • Drafting and negotiating construction contracts and related contracts
  • Structuring joint ventures
  • Appeals before various judicial and regulatory bodies including the Housing Appeals Committee; Division of Administrative Law Appeals in environmental cases; and Department of Environmental Protection

Business Law

  • Entity formation
  • Transactional representation, including negotiating and drafting business agreements and contracts of all types including partnership, joint venture, and finance agreements, as well as documentation of business relationships with suppliers, vendors, customers, and investors
  • Employment law and counseling, including termination and retention, nondisclosure, confidentiality, noncompetition, wage and hour audits and litigation, handbooks and policies, and advising clients relative to ERISA and employee benefit issues, and handling administrative procedures and arbitrations
  • Business acquisitions and divestitures, sales and liquidations
  • Corporate reorganizations, including mergers and consolidations
  • Succession planning
  • Representation of real estate development and construction companies at all stages of the real estate development and construction process, including negotiating and drafting real estate joint venture, development and construction agreements

Tax Law

  • Tax structuring of entity formation, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, reorganizations, and debt issuances
  • Negotiating tax aspects of partnership and LLC agreements
  • Rendering tax opinions for, and structuring of, tax credit transactions
  • Providing counsel on like-kind exchange transactions
  • Advising clients on executive compensation, ERISA and employee benefit issues
  • Representation in connection with tax controversy matters
  • Advising on tax aspects of succession planning
  • Assisting organizations with obtaining 501(c)(3) status and compliance with rules applicable to tax-exempt organizations


Business Law

Kevin Hern
(617) 880-3554

Real Estate/Business Law/New York

Ronald N. Braunstein
(212) 789-3131

Real Estate/Boston – Burlington

Robert C. Buckley
(617) 880-3537

Mark T. Vaughan
(617) 880-3457

Real Estate/Chicago

Matthew R. Nash
(312) 780-1191

Real Estate/Miami

Steven M. Klein
(305) 389-3233

Real Estate/Newport Beach

Mark D. Appelbaum
(949) 593-9640