David Linhart



David Linhart is a land use attorney who counsels developer and institutional clients on navigating a complex, shifting regulatory environment to achieve project approvals. This involves site control matters, permitting strategies, confidentiality agreements, and coordination with project consultants, governmental authorities, lenders and investors, and utility companies. David provides plain-language advice that is actionable for business decisions. Particularly in Boston, David is a familiar face at governmental offices where decisions are being made about a project’s approval pathway.

David is a member of the firm’s Training and Inclusion Advisory Committees. David is involved with the firm’s Building Equity™ initiative launched in January 2023 to create inroads for diverse real estate professionals through networking, fee arrangements, education and mentorship, and firm partnership with aligned efforts—e.g., Builders of Color Coalition, Urban Land Institute, Opportunity Communities.

Prior to joining the firm, David assisted in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts as part of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, where he initiated a statewide supportive housing inventory examining resident services funding. David also was a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy at a national affordable housing developer, where he drafted contracts related to mixed-income housing development.


  • 2023 Lawdragon 500 X: The Next Generation Lawdragon List
  • Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch (2021-2024): Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate


  • Commissioner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Commission on Unlocking Housing Production
  • Citizens’ Housing And Planning Association, Policy Leadership Council
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2023 Fellow
  • Opportunity Communities, Independent Board Member


  • Massachusetts


  • Boston University School of Law  (J.D., 2012)
  • Cornell University  (M. Eng. in Bioengineering, 2004)
  • Cornell University  (B.S., 1999)