s-buchbinderPractice Areas:  Real estate and business transactions; zoning, permitting and licensing matters; purchase, sale, leasing and financing of real estate; and purchase and sale of businesses.

Representative Clients: Steve recently obtained approval on behalf of Garden Remedies, Inc. for Newton’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Previously, he secured approval for Normandy Real Estate Partners for a mixed use development of 580,000 square feet at the Riverside MBTA site, which will include offices, apartments, retail space and a community center.

Steve also recently obtained zoning approvals for the renovation of the historic Charles Riley House and for attached dwellings with the novel concept of live/work units, both in Newton. Zoning approvals were also granted for the Charles River Country Club, the Woodland Golf Club, The Capital Grille, Milton’s Store for Men, The Carroll Center for the Blind, the Nathaniel Allen House, Riverside Children’s Center, Hess Express, Sovereign Bank, Bank of America, Fay School, the Russian School of Mathematics and Exxcel Gymnastics and Climbing.

Steve has also guided several local food and beverage establishments through the municipal approval process, including Panera Breadthe Hotel Indigo, Dunn Gaherin’s, Fiorella’s, O’Hara’s, vino di vino, The Local, The Rox Cafe, Cook,  TartufoThe BiltmoreBill’s PizzeriaPeet’s Coffee, Baza and Comedore.

Additionally, Steve has represented institutional lenders including The Village Bank, Century Bank and Boston Private Bank and Trust Company, and developers of multi-family housing, including Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, Criterion Development Partners and Carabetta Enterprises, Inc. He has drafted condominium documents for both large and small condominiums. Steve also serves as general counsel to a number of small businesses and local counsel to the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Education:  Bowdoin College (cum laude) 1970; Boston College Law School (J.D. cum laude) 1974; Boston College Industrial and Commercial Law Review; Order of the Coif.

Admitted:  1974 Massachusetts; 1975 United States District Court, Massachusetts; 1975 United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1980 United States Supreme Court.

Community:  Steve served as Chairman of the Newton Housing Authority for 15 years and coached youth basketball and Little League.

Little known facts:  Steve is  a certified high school basketball official and an avid tennis player.

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