Larry Silverstein focuses on tax, corporate, and real estate planning and has been involved in partnership and real estate transactions as well as corporate acquisitions and sales. His practice focuses on counseling entrepreneurs in a wide range of businesses. His clients cover a range from real estate companies and funds to biotechnology and social media companies as well as various basic industries groups. He has also been involved in a number of venture capital transactions.
After graduating Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), Larry clerked for Judge Herbert P. Wilkins on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. In the mid-1980s he left law and became president of Cohen Properties Inc., a 130-employee, diversified real estate management and development company that developed and acquired multifamily residential properties and office buildings in Boston, Washington, DC, and Hartford during his two years as president.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Larry was a partner in the tax practice of another international law firm.
Tax — Significant number of like kind exchange real estate transactions typically in the $30 million to $100 million range; acquisition of 50 percent interest in Miami Dolphins
Gift and Estates — Gift, estate and generation-skipping planning for real estate developers, private equity principals, hedge fund sponsors and company owners and executives. Related private foundation and programmatic gift planning
Corporate — Merger of Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch with Copley Realty Advisors to create the country’s third largest real estate money manager, with more than $10 billion of assets under management; the $700 million sale of the Boston Red Sox; the $420 million acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers; various acquisitions for Boston Scientific Corporation; purchase of AS Roma soccer team; several major purchases and sales of large privately held companies including manufacturing, software and Internet companies, including E Ink Corporation and Trip Advisor Incorporated
Real Estate — Acquisition of a portfolio of 28 shopping centers from Stop & Shop; sale of a portfolio of 15 hotels to Starwood; establishment of and advising various real estate funds, acquisitions and dispositions for funds
Securities — Establishment of a joint venture fund with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc.; establishment of various real estate blind pools including six New Boston Funds; sale of an interest in the New York Yankees
Dartmouth College, 1970, Artis Baccalaureate, Summa Cum Laude
Harvard Law School, 1973, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
US Tax Court
Clerkship to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1973 - 1974)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Tax Law, Boston, The Best Lawyers in America (2011–2012, 2014–2020, 2022, 2023)
Top Lawyer, Boston Magazine (2021)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Tax, Law360 (2017)
Recognized, Super Lawyers, Massachusetts (2004–2013)