About Neal

I attended terrific public schools outside of Chicago, which gave me a terrific foundation to move on to Princeton University. I graduated from Princeton with honors in architecture and urban planning, but I also earned a teaching certificate and taught history at a local high school. My interest in planning led me to study law at Boston University Law School, where I earned my Juris Doctor degree. I fell in love with New England and stayed.

Following my interest in architecture and planning, my legal career has centered on land use, environmental law and real estate development. My environmental practice has run the gamut from major projects such as the Big Dig and Logan Airport expansion, securing environmental permits for construction projects, historic preservation, Superfund and 21E matters and representing community groups building projects such as the largest waterfront park in the Northeast to challenging development proposals. I also represent solar developers on utility-scale renewable energy projects. My real estate practice includes major commercial properties and representation of lenders on construction loans for office towers, housing, shopping centers, commercial loan servicers for CMBS pools, institutional and private lenders on mortgage financings, workouts and foreclosures, lines of credit and business loans large and small. I appear before local boards on zoning issues and have tried real estate cases in the Land Court and Superior Court. After many years of practicing in Boston, I now enjoy walking to work in Wellesley.

I have lived in Wellesley for over sixteen years. I am the father of three children who have either graduated from, attended or currently attend, the Wellesley Public Schools. Active in the community, I have served on Wellesley’s Planning Board, as well as the Town Wetlands Committee. I provide legal services to the Wellesley Conservation Land Trust on a volunteer basis. For many years I served as a Trustee of the Boston Architectural College.