When negotiations turn hostile, when talks hit an impasse or when closings get stressful, colleagues and clients turn to Rachel Baime. The longtime commercial real estate attorney is known for her calm and cool demeanor – one she formed in the crucible of a busy Boston restaurant, embraced as a mother of three children, and perfected over a 20-year legal career, where she has stood for clients in hundreds of high-pressure boardrooms and courtrooms.
Rachel has represented lenders in US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and in state and federal court across Massachusetts on creditors’ rights matters and actions to enforce commercial leasing agreements. She’s handled complex title and loan documents related to residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments and she has represented lenders in multi-million-dollar transactions.
Before she began her legal career, Rachel was a sous chef at Stephanie’s on Newbury in Boston. Her father, a successful bankruptcy attorney, convinced her to pursue a legal career, knowing she had the attitude to excel at it. She put aside her culinary dreams, but not her love of all things gourmet.
Rachel now cooks only for her three children (ask her for her homemade hummus recipe), and since she earned her J.D. from Suffolk University in 2000, she’s been more interested in mixed-use developments than using a mixing bowl.
Rachel’s legal career began in 1995 at the Boston Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, where she implemented a referral and monitoring system for pro bono cases. After that, she moved into private practice and worked for several years drafting documents and appearing in state and federal court representing lenders and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees.
For the past 17 years, Rachel has focused her practice on commercial real estate transactions, representing national and local developers, commercial and residential lenders, commercial and residential borrowers, and individuals in a variety of real estate related transactions. She’s developed a reputation as a responsive, accurate attorney, who clients know they can send in to handle the most demanding of situations.
Rachel is also a proud graduate and alumni committee member of Pomfret School (CT), where she regularly returns for alumni and mentoring events.
Representative Matters & Significant Transactions
- Handled large land acquisitions for national homebuilder, established condominiums and homeowners’ associations and managed large scale unit and home sales in connection with aforementioned acquisitions
Lectures & Seminars
Breaking Ground Podcast, Sidebar with Rachel Baime, Esq.: An Interview with an Exceptional Leasing Attorney