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Ned Abelson

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Nationally recognized for his Brownfields and environmental insurance expertise, Ned Abelson's work is largely transactional in nature with significant regulatory components, and involves representing developers, sellers, tenants, and lenders concerning contaminated property. Recognized by Chambers USA as "an expert in his field - he is undoubtedly very good at what he does. Ned is particularly renowned for his brownfield and contaminated property expertise, as well as for his work in environmental insurance. According to peers, 'he is the Mr. Brownfields attorney of Massachusetts,' while clients describe him as 'a client-oriented lawyer with superlative communication skills.'” 

More recently, Ned has had considerable involvement with vapor intrusion matters, in part based on his representation of the commercial real estate industry as a member of MADEP's Superfund Advisory Committee and its Indoor Air Workgroup.

Ned frequently presents to industry leaders and environmental agency personnel at programs sponsored by organizations such as NAIOP, the ICSC, the USEPA, the Practicing Law Institute and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

  • Represented the seller in the $24 million full price sale of a significantly contaminated commercial property located upgradient of a major reservoir.
  • Counsel in environmental matters to one of the premier real estate development and management companies in New England and affiliates concerning the development, financing and subsequent $1.725 billion portfolio sale of 14 regional malls to a Simon Property Group joint venture.
  • Representation of a regional Brownfields developer, including contractual risk allocation, environmental insurance and regulatory guidance work.
  • Represented the seller/named insured in connection with the placement of the first Massachusetts Brownfields Redevelopment Access to Capital Program pollution legal liability environmental insurance policy.
  • Worked closely with leading state legislators to analyze impacts and benefits of the then proposed and now enacted Massachusetts Brownfields bill.