Practice Areas


Businesses throughout the nation recognize Sherin and Lodgen as one of the premier leasing law firms. For more than 70 years, we have represented developers, landlords, property managers, commercial entities, and retail tenants in negotiating and drafting leases including ground leases, pad leases, office and retail leases. We have a particular expertise in shopping center leases.

We complete deals effectively, efficiently, and honor time-sensitive deadlines. Our real estate attorneys understand the specific business issues in lease arrangements and combine practical solutions with a thorough understanding of the law.

Our attorneys are known as leaders in this field. Edward M. Bloom, one of our partners, is the editor of Lease Drafting in Massachusetts, the authoritative resource for leasing attorneys in Massachusetts. Several of our attorneys, including partners Gary D. Buchman, Robert M. Carney, Matthew S. Cote, Peter Friedenberg, Beth A. Goldstein, and Jennifer L. Ioli, have authored chapters in the publication, highlighting the firm’s presence as a true thought leader in commercial real estate leasing. Our attorneys are active in the leasing committees of the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts. We are frequently invited to present to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and the Urban Land Institute.

We have negotiated commercial leases for all types of real estate projects including:

  • Build-to-suit
  • Ground and air rights leases
  • Pad leases
  • Office leases
  • Retail leases
  • Master leases
  • Subleases

Our real estate team works alongside our litigation department when commercial landlord tenant disputes arise. This includes enforcement of use restrictions and repair and maintenance disputes.


In accordance with our commitment to delivering efficient and cost effective legal services for our clients, Sherin and Lodgen’s leasing team has established LeaseCraft™, a technology based solution that allows our attorneys and clients to streamline the lease drafting and editing process. Working with a client’s preferred lease forms and language, our attorneys and paralegals are able to efficiently produce first-draft leases that can be further tailored to the client’s needs. If desired, the software can also assist in providing a summary of key lease terms to the client’s in-house lease administration team.

Learn more about the process here. Interested in exploring how LeaseCraft™ can help you? Contact Jack Slater.

  • Long-standing representation of national supermarket and big box chains in leasing and development
  • Negotiation and documentation of large scale big box, warehouse, and research and development leases
  • Negotiation of long term ground leases and master leases for retail and commercial development
  • Multi-party air rights and development
  • Negotiation of leases in multi-tenant office park

We represent both landlords and tenants in the leasing of:

  • Shopping centers
  • Retail
  • Office
  • Industrial
  • Warehouse
  • Laboratory
  • Medical facilities
  • Mixed-use projects

Sherin and Lodgen attorneys serve as editors and contributing authors for the MCLE Manual on “Lease Drafting in Massachusetts”

By Sherin and Lodgen on October 26, 2020
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Seven Sherin and Lodgen attorneys contributed to the update of the fourth edition of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)...

Sherin and Lodgen represents the Renewable Power Group of Goldman Sachs Asset Management L.P. in acquisition of 17-site solar portfolio

By Sherin and Lodgen on September 11, 2019
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Sherin and Lodgen’s Renewable Energy Group represented the Renewable Power Group of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. as local counsel...

Dogs in Space: Negotiating Pet-Friendly Rules at Work

By Daniel C. Johnston on June 18, 2019
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A fast growing, yet often overlooked topic in commercial leasing today involves pet ownership. Roughly 66 percent of Americans own...

Retailers Can Improve Leasing Efficiency with Document Automation

By John J. Slater III on May 23, 2018
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Corporate legal departments in the retail industry are under constant pressure to cut costs, and they often pass those pressures...

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Commercial Lease Administration

By Sander A. Rikleen and Jennifer L. Ioli on March 17, 2017
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Many commercial leases provide for automatic extension of the term unless one party notifies the other in writing within a...