George counsels and represents clients on local government issues, particularly real estate, zoning, and other land use matters, but also including the full range of state and federal laws pertaining to the structure and operations of local government. He also advises and represents public and private clients in connection with zoning, land use and state environmental regulatory matters. He has over 30 years experience in these areas.
George has appeared on behalf of private clients before dozens of municipal boards across Massachusetts, and has counseled may others, on residential, institutional and commercial development matters and the siting of utility projects and wireless communications facilities. He has successfully defended board decisions in court and before state agencies. His experience in town government also includes service to his own communities as a Town Moderator (Topsfield), conservation commission member and chair (Topsfield and Newburyport) and in other committee roles.
Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2005-2009 and 2018-2020
The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law (2021) and Municipal Law (2021)
Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association
Former Town Moderator, Topsfield
Former President, MACC
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. 1984
Georgetown University, A.B. 1979
Environmental and Real Estate
- Successfully litigated dozens of tough land use, wetlands, and zoning appeals, real estate disputes and enforcement matters.
- Help clients navigate the complex state and local permitting process to develop commercial projects, residential subdivisions, and campus expansions.
- Defend businesses and individuals in state and local enforcement matters.
- Advise businesses and individuals on environmental compliance issues.
- Serves as Belmont, Ipswich, Wrentham and Bedford town counsel.
- Counsel cities and towns on a full range of municipal issues, including:
- Wetlands, solid waste, and wastewater treatment matters.
- Innovative land use regulatory approaches.
I believe that a full life involves volunteering for local government, and feeling that you have made a real difference, biking long distances on the weekends, sometimes with a little fundraising thrown in, and, of course, enjoying regular well-chilled martinis.