Mina S. Makarious

Partner

Tel. 617.621.6525

Mina represents clients on municipal, airport, environmental, and construction matters. Mina’s airport work includes representing airports around the country on a variety of issues, including the negotiation of complex lease transactions with airlines and airline fuel consortia.  He worked to revise the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics regulations, and works with the Department’s Aeronautics Division on matters regarding the use and regulation of drones.  Mina has also assisted a private manufacturer of drone technologies in obtaining a waiver from the FAA for the use of drones beyond the visual line of sight, one of the first such waivers ever granted by the FAA.

Mina’s work for public sector clients also includes serving as Town Counsel to the towns of Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts, and regularly advising these and other towns on governance, procurement, land use, environmental and other matters.  He has also represented the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in drafting and promulgating new regulations and in its suitability investigations of gaming applicants.  In addition, Mina serves as counsel to several clients on matters involving CERCLA and the Massachusetts Hazardous Material Release Prevention Act (Chapter 21E).  Mina advises clients on environmental due diligence and federal and state regulatory compliance, litigation, and insurance coverage, and works with A&K’s real estate practice in crafting solutions to environmental issues for real estate transactions.

Honors

Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, (2015-Present)

Massachusetts Bar Association, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, (2015)

National Law Journal’s Boston Rising Stars, 40 Under 40, (2014)

Affiliations

Boston Bar Association Environmental Law Section, Incoming Chair
Alternatives for Community and EnvironmentBoard Member
Student Leadership Training ProgramConference Director
Phillips Brooks House AssociationFundraising Committee

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D. 2009 cum laude
Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review

Harvard College, B.A. 2006 magna cum laude

  • Assisted the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Division in updating its regulations, and is working with the Division to comprehensively address the use and regulation of drones.
  • Working with members of our real estate department, obtained several dozen temporary and permanent easement rights for a road improvement project for Lexington and a multi-use rail trail bike path project for Concord, including drafting and negotiating easement agreements and eminent domain takings documents, and working to meet tight grant funding deadlines.
  • Represents several major hub airports in negotiating fuel facility leases including Chicago, Charlotte, Salt Lake City and San Diego.
  • His work for airport clients has also included providing counsel on complex federal regulatory compliance, security, and constitutional law issues and assisting in drafting and submitting an amicus brief on behalf of the Airports Council International on airport security.
  • Resolving millions of dollars worth of environmental liability claims associated with historic contamination at a Superfund site.
  • Represented a start-up non-profit in negotiation of lease and construction documents for a youth homeless shelter.
  • Assisted the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on governance and start-up issues and in drafting regulations regarding public records management and permitting, and served as Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Commission in high-profile litigation regarding licensing issues.
  • Mina has served as lead associate in zoning and urban redevelopment litigation under Chapter 121A, successfully defending a project to support homeless healthcare and housing. He also represented a Boston community group pro bono in high-profile MEPA/NEPA litigation.
  • Represents airports on land use and disposition issues, including negotiating terms of a long-term lease for a major cargo facility.
  • Co-author, Boston Bar Journal, "Spaulding v. Town of Natick School Committee: Allowing Free Speech while Accomplishing Municipal Work", Spring 2019
  • Panelist: ACI-NA Annual Conference, September 2018, Legal Issues in Addressing Proposals by 3rd Party Developers
  • Panelist: Massachusetts Airport Managers Association (MAMA), September 2018, Airport Commissioner's Roundtable
  • Moderator: Massachusetts Airport Managers Association (MAMA), September 2018, Panel on environmental issues
  • Panelist: BBA,  May 2018, Developing With Drones: Tips & Traps
  • Panelist: ACI, September 2017, Airport Fuel Leases.
  • Speaker: Association of Municipal Airports (MAMA), September 2017, Airport Leasing.
  • Panelist: Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association  (MMLA), September 2016, Drones: Municipal Regulation and Use
  • Panelist: Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association seminar on "Designation and Use of Public Streets, Sidewalks and Places" (2014). Mina discussed McCullan v. Coakley, a 2014 Supreme Court case about the rights to free speech and assembly on public sidewalks outside reproductive health clinics.
  • Co-author: The Historic Navigability Test: How to Use It to One's Advantage in This Post-Rapanos World, The Environmental Law Reporter, November 2007
  • Co-Author with Stephen D. Anderson, "Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions," G.L. c. 21 E Claims, MCLE (2016 ed.) (with Hon. P. Brady).

Mina lives in Cambridge with his wife, a teacher, and their two young daughters.  He bikes to work whenever he is able to.  An avid baseball fan, Mina’s proudest accomplishment remains convincing his college to allow him to write his senior thesis on the Cape Cod Baseball League

He is actively involved with the Phillips Brooks House Association, a non-profit serving youth and families throughout Boston and Cambridge, and serves on the board of Alternatives for Community and Involvement, an environmental justice organization.