Overview

Overview

Commercial real estate development from a property in its raw state through acquisition, development, and sale comprise Gary Lilienthal’s primary area of practice. His practice includes acquisition, permitting, construction, leasing, financing, syndication, title and sale of real property. His goal is to offer his clients creative approaches for each transaction in which he provides representation. A former member of the Sharon Planning Board and Sharon Zoning Board of Appeals as well as of the Dover Housing Partnership, Mr. Lilienthal understands both sides of local permitting issues and appears on behalf of clients before Zoning Boards, Planning Boards and Conservation Commissions. He is currently Chairman of the Dover Zoning Board of Appeals. His clients include developers, corporations, institutions and small businesses. A licensed multiengine commercial pilot since 1981, he also assists clients in aircraft acquisition, financing and sale. He has been a course lecturer on Land Use and Planning at Boston College Law School, lectured on Land Use for the New England Law Institute and has provided legislative and regulatory assistance for a national non-profit organization at the federal and state level, co-drafting legislation and testifying before legislative committees and regulatory agencies.

Matters & Transactions

Representative Matters & Significant Transactions

  • Created the first condominium parking garage in the United States
  • Using zoning and condominium laws, obtained permitting for merger of separately owned medical office buildings and common parking facilities into a medical office/research campus while maintaining separate ownerships for financing and sale
  • Represents national title insurance company and individuals in solving unusual and complex real estate title problems
Memberships & Activities

Memberships & Activities

Legal Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association, Member, Real Property and Title Insurance Section

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Zoning Board of Appeals Member, Town of Dover, Massachusetts, 2001-2016
  • Housing Partnership Member, Town of Dover, Massachusetts, 1997-2001
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Member, Town of Sharon, Massachusetts, 1983-1986
  • Capital Outlay Committee Member, Town of Sharon, Massachusetts, 1975-1980
  • Planning Board Member, Town of Sharon, Massachusetts, 1975-1980
Honors & Recognition

Honors & Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in 2005-2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013-2019 for Real Estate Law

News, Events & Publications

Four Bernkopf Goodman LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2019 Best Lawyers in America® New England Edition
Insights and tips from legal professionals: Gary P. Lilienthal, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Abutters who didn’t appeal ZBA decision can’t block project
Four Bernkopf Goodman LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2018 Best Lawyers in America®
Economic Development Bill a Boost to Housing
Three Bernkopf Goodman LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2017 Best Lawyers in America®
Client Alert: Bernkopf Goodman LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 Best Lawyers in America®
Bernkopf Goodman LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 Best Lawyers in America®
Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?
Dispensing Knowledge on MA Marijuana Law, The Real Reporter
The Medical Marijuana Dispensary Next Door After Calling Timeout, Communities Will Decide Sites, Banker & Tradesman
Three Bernkopf Goodman LLP attorneys selected for inclusion in 2015 Best Lawyers in America®
Bernkopf Goodman LLP Announces 2014 Best Lawyers in America
Bernkopf Goodman LLP attorneys selected for inclusion in 2013 Best Lawyers in America®
New foreclosure decision – More traps for the unwary, New England Real Estate Journal
SJC Ruling Won’t Solve State’s Zoning Appeals Muddle
SJC Ruling Won’t Solve State’s Zoning Appeals Muddle, Banker & Tradesman
A Summary of Section 173 of Chapter 240 of the Acts of 2010; A Miracle May Exist, New England Real Estate Journal
Comparision of First American Title Insurance Company Eagle 9 Insurance Policy and Attorneys’ UCC Opinion