Darren Baird Commercial Real Estate Land Use Permitting Lawyer



Darren M. Baird focuses his practice on complex commercial real estate transactions and development for a broad array of owners, developers and lenders. Darren represents non-profit institutions in all aspects of their real estate and facilities, with a particular focus on academic medical centers and other health care providers as well as institutions of higher education. In this context, he has extensive experience in appearing before and negotiating with governmental agencies and authorities, negotiating and structuring joint venture agreements and ground leases with for-profit entities and in understanding and implementing measures to address 501(c)(3) governance, UBTI and credit rating agency concerns that may arise in such transactions.

Darren also represents a number of clients, ranging from non-profit developers to national multifamily REITS, in the acquisition, financing, permitting and development of housing developments, including those undertaken pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 40B, the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Local Initiative Program and M.G.L. Chapter 40R.

Prior to joining the firm, Darren worked as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Leon J. Lombardi, Land Court Department for the Massachusetts Trial Court.  He also served as Chief Articles Editor for the International Law Review at Suffolk University School of Law.

Darren is co-Chair of the firm's Medical, Educational and Cultural industry group.


  • Best Lawyers in America® (2023-2024): Real Estate
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Massachusetts, 2021-2024 (Band 2)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2009 - 2013


  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Real Estate Bar Association


  • Massachusetts


  • Castleton State College  (B.A., cum laude, 1995)
  • Suffolk University Law School  (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999)