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Ned AbelsonNed Abelson

(617) 574-4082

400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston MA
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University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1983

Brown University, B.A., 1978, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


Nationally recognized for his Brownfields and environmental insurance expertise, Ned Abelson's work is largely transactional in nature with significant regulatory components, and involves representing developers, sellers, tenants, and lenders concerning contaminated property. Recognized by Chambers USA as "an expert in his field - he is undoubtedly very good at what he does. Ned is particularly renowned for his brownfield and contaminated property expertise, as well as for his work in environmental insurance. According to peers, 'he is the Mr. Brownfields attorney of Massachusetts,' while clients describe him as 'a client-oriented lawyer with superlative communication skills.'” 

More recently, Ned has had considerable involvement with vapor intrusion matters, in part based on his representation of the commercial real estate industry as a member of MADEP's Superfund Advisory Committee and its Indoor Air Workgroup.

Ned frequently presents to industry leaders and environmental agency personnel at programs sponsored by organizations such as NAIOP, the ICSC, the USEPA, the Practicing Law Institute and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

Representative Experience

  • Represented the seller in the $24 million full price sale of a significantly contaminated commercial property located upgradient of a major reservoir.
  • Counsel in environmental matters to one of the premier real estate development and management companies in New England and affiliates concerning the development, financing and subsequent $1.725 billion portfolio sale of 14 regional malls to a Simon Property Group joint venture.
  • Representation of a regional Brownfields developer, including contractual risk allocation, environmental insurance and regulatory guidance work.
  • Represented the seller/named insured in connection with the placement of the first Massachusetts Brownfields Redevelopment Access to Capital Program pollution legal liability environmental insurance policy.
  • Worked closely with leading state legislators to analyze impacts and benefits of the then proposed and now enacted Massachusetts Brownfields bill.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • NAIOP Representative, MADEP Superfund Advisory Committee
  • Member, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) Indoor Air Workgroup
  • Former Member, ULI Redevelopment & Reuse Council
  • Founding Member and Former Policy Committee Co-chair, Massachusetts Chapter, National Brownfields Association
  • Former Chair, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Subcommittee on Environmental Issues
  • Co-Chair, Brownfields Redevelopment Subcommittee, NAIOP Massachusetts Chapter
  • Pro Bono work for the Lakeview Manor Tenant Association, Inc. from 1983 through 2012
  • Former Chairman and Member, Board of Directors, New Ecology, Inc.
Awards and Recognition
  • “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” Chambers USA 2003-2017 (Band 1 since 2006)
  • International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers, 2012-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2018
    • Best Lawyers, Boston Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • NAIOP Massachusetts, Government Affairs Award, 2011
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2017
  • Invited to the White House to attend the announcement of Vice President Gore’s Brownfields Action Agenda, 1997
  • Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and National Public Radio concerning Brownfields and environmental insurance issues.
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV PreeminentTM
Speaking Engagements
  • Visiting Instructor, "Real Estate Ventures I," MIT Center for Real Estate, September 2010-2017
  • "Chapter 21E and the MCP:  What Are The Basics and How Do You Get Your Deals Done," Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Commercial Brokers Association, January 2013, July 2012, April 2012, October 2011, May 2011, January 2011, October 2010, March 2010 and November 2009
  • "Vapor Intrusion Issues in Massachusetts," Environmental Bankers Association, Stowe, VT, June 2011
  • "Managing Site Cleanup and Development Projects under Massachusetts’ Emerging Vapor Intrusion Policies," Boston Bar Association, Boston MA, 2011 and 2009 and NAIOP, Boston, MA, 2011, 2010 and 2009
  • “Brownfields Tax Credits,” LSPA, Waltham MA, 2009 and MassDevelopment, Andover and Boston MA, 2007
Press Releases
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clientAdvisories: Vapor Intrusion Update:  New Landlord Notification Requirements
pressReleases: A Green Goulston & Storrs
pressReleases: Chambers USA Ranks Goulston & Storrs in Leading Practice Areas:  19 individual attorneys receive recognition
clientAdvisories: Are You Getting All of Your Brownfields Tax Credits?
publicationsArticles: "Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property," 3rd Edition, published by the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
pressReleases: Ned Abelson of Goulston & Storrs Awarded the 2011 NAIOP Government Affairs Award
blogEntries: Do You Have A Dry Cleaner In Your Shopping Center? (In Other Words, Why Does Vapor Intrusion Matter To You?)
blogEntries: Changing Massachusetts Brownfields Regulations: Retailers Should Take Note of Upcoming May 17th Deadline to Comment
clientAdvisories: Are You Getting All of Your Brownfields Tax Credits?
blogEntries: Massachusetts Food Waste Regulations Finalized: Waste-to-Energy Operations Make Headway under New Permitting Program
pressReleases: UPDATE: 2017 Chambers Guides Recognize 11 Market-Leading Goulston & Storrs Practices and 33 Leading Individual Lawyers
pressReleases: 41 Goulston & Storrs Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyer for 2018
clientAdvisories: Statute of Limitations for Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Property Damages Claims Clarified (And, Possibly, Extended)
publicationsArticles: The Massachusetts and New York State Brownfields Tax Credit Programs: What Works and What Doesn't
September 2017
UPDATE: 2017 Chambers Guides Recognize 11 Market-Leading Goulston & Storrs Practices and 33 Leading Individual Lawyers
August 2017
41 Goulston & Storrs Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyer for 2018
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