Douglas L. Burton

Doug Burton is a partner whose practice focuses on all aspects of real estate law, including private equity investment, development, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing. He serves as counsel for a broad range of clients, including pension fund advisors, Fortune 50 corporations, developers and nonprofit institutions.


Mr. Burton has represented investment managers in well over a billion dollars of joint ventures, financings, acquisitions and dispositions. His recent projects include the representation of a pension fund investment advisor in the acquisition of a trophy office tower in the central business district of a major west coast city; the formation and financing of an $80 million partially seeded joint venture to acquire retail properties on a national platform; the disposition of a $110 million portfolio of industrial properties across different funds in three states, including the establishment and transfer of a municipal development authority bond arrangement; and the portfolio sale of twelve assisted living facilities, across multiple funds, for $300 million. He also recently has represented investment managers in the modification and work-out of multiple troubled loans and joint venture arrangements, generally of a size between $25 million and $30 million, secured by multi-family properties, senior living facilities and office properties in various states; as well as advised investment managers with the evaluation and structuring of acquisition strategies for distressed loans and the properties secured thereby, both inside and outside of foreclosure, particularly in the senior housing sector. Mr. Burton’s retail projects include representation of Lowe's Home Centers in the acquisition, leasing and development of numerous sites throughout the Northeast. Other projects include the representation of a developer in the acquisition, financing, development and operation of a nationally listed historic site as a $100 million, 300 room luxury hotel, including the negotiation of development and joint venture agreements with a pension plan equity partner, implementation of a historic tax credit structure, and the negotiation of a ground lease with a fee owner and space leases and management agreements with the signature bar, restaurant and hotel manager.

His experience also includes the acquisition and disposition of multi-family residential apartment complexes, both for cash and in connection with REIT and partnership strategies; and the acquisition and development of low income residential housing with low income housing tax credits and both hard and soft mortgage financing.

Mr. Burton's leasing experience includes office, retail and biotechnology/life science space from both the landlord's and tenant's perspectives, including the lease-up of a 275,000 square foot multi-tenant office building.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Real Estate
Law School Cornell University Law School, J.D.,1996
Education Amherst College, B.A.,1992
Bar Member / Association Massachusetts State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm WilmerHale
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