Beveridge & Diamond
 
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Brian C. Levey

Principal


15 Walnut Street
Suite 400
Wellesley, MA 02481-2133
Boston

Practices
Practices
Education
Education
  • Cornell University (B.A., 1980)
  • George Washington University (J.D., 1983)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • NAIOP, Massachusetts Chapter
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Board of Directors, Alternate Member, Home Builders Association of Massachusetts
  • Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston
  • Real Estate Bar Association, Land Use and Zoning Committee
  • Real Estate Curriculum Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • President, Executive Committee, Abstract Club
  • Cornell Real Estate Council

Mr. Levey has more than twenty years of project development experience before permit-granting authorities and in court. He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Natural Resources and Project Development Practice Group.

PERMITTING

Mr. Levey's real estate development and land use and zoning law experience focuses on the representation of builders, developers, and property owners seeking all types of permits and approvals — special permits, site plan approvals, variances, and comprehensive permits — before dozens of boards throughout Massachusetts. His environmental practice focuses on permitting matters before local boards and state agencies on wetlands and Title V matters. Representative project approvals include residential subdivisions, affordable housing projects, retail stores, shopping centers, restaurants, telecommunications towers and assisted living facilities. In addition to property owners and developers, his clients include educational and religious nonprofit institutions and project abutters and neighborhood associations. He also has experience serving as special counsel to boards.

LITIGATION

When necessary, Mr. Levey pursues project approvals in trial courts — Massachusetts Land, Superior or U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts — and appellate courts — Massachusetts Appeals Court, Supreme Judicial Court, and U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals. His litigation experience includes all types of real estate disputes including adverse possession, quieting title, registration, breach of contract, specific performance, nuisance, and obtaining injunctive or declaratory relief. Representative cases include regulatory takings, disputed transactional documentation, determinations of the validity of zoning amendments or deed restrictions, and challenges to or defense of easements, rights of way, or other interests in land.

PUBLICATIONS

Massachusetts Zoning and Land Use Law, Lexis Law Publishers (1996 & Supp. 1998)

Court Rulings Bolster Affordable Housing Developments, Banker & Tradesman (February 2013)

Commercial Development's New Tools for Towns, Banker & Tradesman (September 2008)

PRESENTATIONS

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers – Land Use/Zoning (2004, 2008-2016)
  • Best Lawyers – Land Use and Zoning Law (2010-2017)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Massachusetts Public Affairs Award (2006, Streamlined Permitting and Appeals Act; 2010, Permit Extension Act)  
  • Builders Association of Greater Boston, Associate of the Year Award, 1995

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • President, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA (2012-2014)
  • Chair, Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals (1993-1998)