Professionals / Marc J. Goldstein
Marc J. Goldstein
15 Walnut Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-2133
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Marc J. Goldstein is a Principal in Beveridge & Diamondâ€™s Wellesley, Massachusetts office, with a practice that focuses on (i) the planning, permitting, and litigation associated with the development of land and (ii) environmental litigation.
Land Use Permitting and Litigation
Mr. Goldsteinâ€™s land use and zoning law practice focuses on the representation of builders, developers, and property owners seeking all types of permits and approvals, including Comprehensive Permits, wetlands, Title V, historic districts, special permits, and variances. Mr. Goldstein assists commercial clients of all sizes whether they are opening new branches, expanding operations at an existing site, or developing a project in a new location.
In recent years, Mr. Goldstein has assisted a number of clients in obtaining or modifying Site Assignments for waste handling and recycling facilities from the Department of Environmental Protection and local boards of health. Mr. Goldstein has also provided zoning and other local permitting assistance regarding the conversion of an existing municipal landfill to an solar energy project. Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Mr. Goldstein served as Town Counsel and Special Town Counsel for municipalities at a major Boston law firm on the complete spectrum of land use and development issues and applies this experience to provide a unique insight into the planning and permitting process. As discussed below, with extensive experience before the trial courts, appellate courts, and administrative agencies, Mr. Goldstein is prepared to provide strong and effective advocacy in the event of an appeal.
After more than 15 years representing clients before courts and administrative agencies, Mr. Goldstein brings practical, persuasive, and strategic experience to the resolution of disputes through litigation. His litigation practice concentrates on assisting clients with environmental matters including obtaining and defending permits, defense or pursuit of environmental remediation claims under G.L. c. 21E and CERCLA, and defending clients in federal and state enforcement actions. Mr. Goldstein's experience on these subjects is supplemented with experience in complex commercial disputes including cases involving enforcement of non-competition agreements, breach of contract, and construction and real estate disputes. Mr. Goldstein has extensive experience with cost-effectively managing large and small litigation and the complex discovery that often accompanies these cases, including electronic discovery methods and the use of technology to manage the production and review of documents as part of significant litigation. Mr. Goldstein has successfully briefed and argued cases before many state and federal courts, and his experience includes matters before the Land Court, Superior Court, Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits.
Media and Entertainment Law
Mr. Goldstein taps his experience as a newspaper reporter and a journalism major to bring a unique perspective to First Amendment and media-related issues. During the prepublication review stage, Mr. Goldstein counsels media clients on how to avoid liability while relying on his journalism experience to ensure that reducing liability does not eviscerate the story. When litigation is unavoidable, Mr. Goldstein has represented media clients, including local affiliates of national broadcasters, cable news channels, newspapers, and radio stations, in successfully defending defamation and privacy claims. Mr. Goldstein has also aggressively pursued impounded records, discovery, and other key information on behalf of reporters.
Mr. Goldstein received his J.D. in 1997 from Harvard Law School (cum laude), where he was a member of the Board of Student Advisers. He received a B.A. from Lehigh University (summa cum laude) in 1994 with majors in journalism and economics, where he was the editor in chief of the semi-weekly newspaper. He is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, and was named a â€śRising Starâ€ť (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011) by Thompson Reuters. He currently serves as the Chair of the Zoning and Land Use Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Real Estate Litigation Committee and serves as the editor in chief of the newsletter for the Committee.
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Commercial Developmentâ€™s New Tools for Towns (Banker & Tradesman, 2008)
Collision Course: Rail Transportation and the Regulation of Solid Waste, Natural Resources and Environment, Vol. 21, No.2 (2006)
Co-Author, Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts, Municipal Law Chapter, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2005)
Co-Editor, Libel Defense Resource Center Survey of Massachusetts Libel Law (2003)
Chapter Editor, Perle & Williams Publishing Law Handbook, Aspen Press (1997-2002)
Co-Editor, Introduction to Advocacy: Research, Writing, and Argument, Sixth Edition, Foundation Press, Inc. (1996)
Panelist, Neighbor & Nuisance Law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2009)
Panelist, Comprehensive Permit Law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2006, 2007)
Guest Lecturer, Affordable Housing Law in Massachusetts, Northeastern School of Law (2002-present)
Panelist, Affordable Housing Law, Massachusetts Municipal Association (2001 Annual Meeting)