Don Pinto has over 25 years of experience as a civil litigator, with a focus on complex real estate and land use disputes. He handles cases at the trial and appellate levels in the state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Outside the courtroom Don has successfully resolved many disputes through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
Don has extensive litigation experience representing clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies that own, buy, sell, and develop real estate, in matters such as:
- Defense of zoning and other land use permits granted for commercial development
- Appeals of permit denials including zoning, wetlands, and subdivision control law
- Disputes over the validity of zoning and other land use regulations
- Matters involving tidelands and filled tidelands regulated under M.G.L. c.91
- Real estate title disputes
- Disputes concerning easements and access rights
- Adverse possession and prescriptive easement claims
- Disputes over the development of affordable housing under M.G.L. c.40B
- Disputes involving offers to purchase, purchase and sale agreements, options, and restrictive covenants
- Representation of owners, buyers, and sellers of contaminated property
- Disputes arising out of commercial leases
- Damages claims based on trespass, nuisance and other property-related torts
Don’s real estate litigation practice includes particular experience in Massachusetts Land Court, where he has handled hundreds of cases.