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William F. Griffin, Jr.

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Bill is a business, real estate, and bond attorney with an aptitude for tax matters. Versatility has been the watchword of his career. He represents private and public businesses in sophisticated transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, venture capital financing, tax-exempt bonds, foreign investment in US real estate, and bank and utility regulation. He also has broad experience in real estate transactions, representing clients in matters related to condominiums, subdivisions, mortgages, commercial leasing, construction and permanent financing.

Bill has briefed and argued numerous appellate cases in state and federal courts. The author of numerous articles on a variety of business and real estate topics, he often chairs or serves as a panelist at continuing legal education seminars.

  • Served as bond or agency counsel for over 130 Massachusetts Development Finance Agency tax-exempt bond issues totaling approximately $700 million from 2009 to 2018. List of Representative Bond Counsel Experience
  • Served as trustee of a family trust and distributed to beneficiaries $32 million in proceeds from the sale of a retail gasoline business.
  • Authored a brochure entitled “Tax Guide for Foreign Investors in the U.S. Residential Real Estate” and represented and served as tax advisor for foreign investors acquiring high-end residential real estate in Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Nantucket.
  • Authored a 1,200 page treatise, “A Practical Guide to Massachusetts Closely-Held Business Organizations”, published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Drafted, with Harold R. Davis, enabling legislation authorizing the issuance of tax-exempt special assessment bonds to finance local municipal infrastructure, which was enacted in 2012 as Chapter 23L of the Massachusetts General Laws.
  • Successfully represented a professional sports franchise owner in a Federal income tax appeal involving $148 million in adjustments to income.
  • Represented the taxpayer in a $1 million deeds excise tax case before the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board, now settled.
  • Obtained a $7 million award for a large Boston landowner in arbitration proceedings involving eminent domain takings and contract disputes with a public transportation authority.
  • Represented the seller in a $200 million real estate transaction in Boston’s Seaport District.
  • Represented a long-standing client with respect to the financing of the purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers and related real estate.


  • Peer Review AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest bestowed rating
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2005, 2013-2020


  • Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Tax Court

Life Fellow:

  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation


  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Business and Commercial Law Curriculum Advisory Committee
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
  • Public Policy and Government Relations Leadership Council, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Municipal bond attorney listed in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (the “Red Book”)
  • International Lawyers Network

When Bill is not working for his clients, he is working for the community. He is currently a trustee of the Boston Latin School Association, Chairman of the Boston Latin School Distinguished Graduate Award Committee and a member of the Ward Fellowship Committee. Bill has been involved in various organizations in his hometown of Melrose, including serving as Director of the Melrose YMCA, Special Counsel to the City of Melrose, member of the Melrose Water and Sewer Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the Melrose Youth Commission. He also served as Vice President and General Counsel of the Bellevue Golf Club in Melrose for 28 years.

News & Insights

Tax Traps for Foreign Real Estate Investors, authored article in SumNews

An Estate Tax Trap for Foreign Real Estate Investors, authored article in Banker & Tradesman

Organizing a Massachusetts Business, featured presenter on MCLE's One-Hour Practical Skills Lecture Recording Series

Six traps for foreign investors, authored article in Massachusetts Lawyers Journal

Five Tax Traps for Foreign Investors, authored article for

Practicing with Professionalism December 2014, discussion leader at MCLE program

Practicing with Professionalism September 2014, discussion leader at MCLE program

Business Acquisition Agreements, authored chapter in MCLE book

Advising a Massachusetts Business: Fiduciary Duties of Officers, Directors, and Business Owners, authored chapter in Advising a Massachusetts Business published by MCLE

Special Assessment Bonds Key to Financing Local Infrastructure, authored article in Banker & Tradesman

The Blank Check: A New Model for Capital Formation, authored article in the Boston Business Journal

Organizing the Corporation, authored chapter in Massachusetts Business Lawyering published by MCLE

The New Chapter 156D for Paralegals, panelist at MCLE seminar

HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee a Valuable Development Tool, authored article for Banker & Tradesman

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