James L. Black, Jr. represents developers, lenders, institutional investors, corporations, REITs, users and owners of office, retail, multifamily, R&D, industrial, and mixed-use properties on all aspects of transactional real estate practice. Jim handles a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions nationally and locally, including acquisitions and dispositions, developments, debt and equity financings, leases, joint ventures, distressed debt transactions, loan dispositions, and timberlands transactions. Jim represents lenders and developers on real estate, financing, and construction matters for conventional and renewable power generation projects.
Jim represents clients in the acquisition, financing, and sale of timberlands, including transactions involving over several million acres nationally. He is skilled in representing commercial lenders with respect to distressed mortgage and mezzanine loans, including loan restructurings, enforcement proceedings, transfers in lieu of foreclosure, and loan dispositions. Jim also represents lenders, owners, and developers on real estate aspects of project finance and energy transactions, including cogeneration, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal projects, and leveraged lease transactions.
Represented client in its $270 million sale to a REIT of 24 retail properties in the New England region, totaling 1.4 million square feet of retail space
Represented joint venture in its acquisition and ground leasing of a 250,000 square foot medical office portfolio in Boston, Mass.
Represented corporation in the negotiation of its new 123,000 square feet headquarters lease in a Boston, Mass. office tower
Represented corporate user in its development and construction financing of a 800,000 square-foot manufacturing facility as part of tax-deferred exchange
Represented major financial institution clients in nationwide real estate asset and loan portfolio disposition programs
Represented pharmaceutical company in the ground leasing and development of a research facility in Boston, Mass.
Represented large institutional clients in net lease property sales, financings and leases, and associated partnership matters
Represented developers in their acquisition, financing, development, and leasing of office and R&D parks in the greater Boston area
Georgetown University Law Center, 1993, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990, Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)
Boston Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
National Association of Office and Industrial Properties