Davis Malm is a premier full-service Boston-based business law firm that represents local, national and global businesses, institutions and individuals in a wide spectrum of industries. Since its founding in 1979, clients have relied on Davis Malm’s attorneys to efficiently deliver successful results through direct partner involvement, responsive client service, and creative and strategic problem solving. Its attorneys practice at the top level of the profession and possess the agility necessary to handle any issues that arise during the course of a matter.
The firm and several of its attorneys have been ranked for over a decade in directories such as Chambers and Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms. Since 2011, the firm’s employment practice has been selected by Chambers USA for inclusion in its directory of recommended law firms and lawyers. More recently, its Real Estate and Commercial Litigation practice areas have also been recognized. Several attorneys are also ranked, including Larry Casey (Labor & Employment: Mainly Plaintiffs), Gary Feldman (Labor & Employment), Paul Feldman (Real Estate), and Amy Fracassini (Real Estate). Current Best Lawyers rankings include: Larry Casey (Litigation-Labor & Employment); Gary Feldman (Employment Law-Individuals, Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor & Employment); Paul Feldman (Litigation-Environmental and Real Estate Law); Amy Fracassini (Real Estate Law); Tamsin Kaplan (Litigation-Labor & Employment); and Gary Matsko (Commercial Litigation); Phil Olsen (Tax Law). In addition, the following associates are recognized in the Best Lawyers ‘Ones to Watch’ category: Rob Kaitz (Labor & Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment); Shawn McCormack (Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law); and Courtney Simmons (Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law).
Practice Areas and Groups
Davis Malm has seven core areas of practice: Business; Real Estate & Environmental; Litigation; Employment; Banking & Credit; Regulatory & Administrative Law; Intellectual Property; and Divorce & Family Law.
Davis Malm’s business and tax lawyers are involved in counseling publicly traded and privately held businesses in a range of industries. The team represents clients in all areas of corporate and securities law – from initial organization as a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company through the entire range of business transactions over the life of the business including: mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, public offerings and private placements, and joint ventures. For entrepreneurs in life sciences and technology industries, Davis Malm’s attorneys assist with licensing technologies from MIT, Harvard, and other centers of learning. The team also works with employers and individuals seeking to work and live in the U.S.
Since the firm’s inception, it has been a leader in real estate and environmental law, first in Massachusetts and New England and more recently nationally. Davis Malm represents clients in all aspects of commercial, and industrial acquisition, sale, financing, development, leasing, and real and personal property taxation matters. The firm advises clients on environmental laws and regulations in connection with real estate matters and has a strong record representing clients facing contamination issues, whether they are regulatory compliance or cost recovery and Superfund claims. Davis Malm’s attorneys also often assists foreign nationals investing in U.S. real estate and provide information on the important tax aspects of investing in Massachusetts residential real estate.
Davis Malm’s litigators have extensive experience handling and resolving controversies of all sizes and complexity, from large and multifaceted litigation for major, publicly traded companies to ‘bet the company’ litigation for smaller, privately held enterprises and individuals.
The firm’s employment lawyers provide a broad range of services to employers of all sizes, including counseling on complex day-to-day issues and employment regulations and litigating discrimination and employment related disputes. The practice group also specializes in representing senior level executives in negotiating employment and separation agreements.
Davis Malm’s banking and credit attorneys routinely represent institutional, private, governmental, and commercial lenders, along with corporate borrowers, finance-lessees, and other users of capital, in a broad spectrum of domestic and foreign commercial transactions. The firm is particularly well known for its expertise in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending and floor plan financing.
The firm’s regulatory and administrative law lawyers work with clients in regulated industries to ensure compliance and avoid or minimize sanctions in cases of alleged noncompliance. The firm also counsels clients in securing regulatory approvals and advocating in state and federal agency proceedings.
Davis Malm’s intellectual property lawyers counsel companies and individuals in a wide range of industries and technology verticals on patent prosecution, obtaining and managing trademarks and copyrights, safeguarding trade secrets, negotiating and drafting licensing and joint venture agreements, preparing opinions, and enforcing and defending IP rights and assets through litigation.
The firm has a private client group comprised of divorce and family law attorneys who have decades of experience representing clients, including high-net-worth and high-profile individuals, in all aspects of divorce and family law matters. As a full-service firm, Davis Malm’s divorce and family law attorneys collaborate with in-house colleagues to provide comprehensive service and advise on issues that arise during divorce, including those that impact: family and closely held business concerns; partnership interests; tax matters; real estate; and retirement, pension and employment-related equity and compensation plans.
Firm-Ranked Practice Areas:
- Corporate/M&A (including employment, immigration, intellectual property, and tax)
- Real Estate & Environmental
- Business Litigation (courts and regulatory agencies)