Rebecca A. Lee: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Rebecca A. Lee

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Project Finance and Infrastructure
  • Affordable Housing
  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Development/Permitting
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Hospitality
  • Environmental
  • Compliance & Permitting
  • Commercial/Transactional
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government and Public Sector
University Brandeis University, B.A.; Harvard University, M.P.A.
Law SchoolYale University, J.D.
Admitted1991, Massachusetts


Steering Committee, Rice Sticks and Tea Asian Food Pantry
WGBH Board of Overseers
Trustee, The Boston Harbor Association
Board of Directors, Asian Community Development Corporation
Member, New England Women in Real Estate
Former President, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
Former Northeast Regional Governor, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
LeadBoston, Class of 1999

BornNew York, New York, September 29

Rebecca A. Lee has a wide-ranging real estate practice in which she represents developers, corporations, non-profit organizations and lenders in site acquisitions and assemblages, procuring entitlements, financing, leasing, condominium creation and dispositions. A particular focus of her practice is land use and development permitting, especially in the Greater Boston area.

Rebecca has been recognized as a leader in her field by Chambers USA since 2007. Rebecca has also been included in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers listing, a Thomson Reuters publication, since 2009. In 2013, Rebecca was selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in 'Land Use and Zoning' by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell and was presented with the Founders Award by the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. The Founders Award is presented annually to an Asian-American attorney who has made significant contributions in business, academics and the community in relation to the law. In 2014, Rebecca was selected as one of the Boston Business Journal's Legacy Award honorees at its 2014 Advancing Women Event. The Legacy Award was awarded for her lifetime achievement and the progress she has made throughout her career. She is also a Trustee of The Boston Harbor Association, a non-profit organization that advocates for the revitalization of Boston Harbor.

Representative transactions include the following:
•Representation of developer of two branded hotels in South Boston.

•Representation of developer of 525,000 square foot office building and related parking garage in South Boston.

•Representation of joint venture in a mixed-income housing project in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood.

•Representation of The Winsor School in procuring City and State approvals for three campus projects, including a major commercial/research and development building.

•Representation of a Massachusetts town making Community Preservation Coalition Act loan and grant investments in an historic preservation residential rehabilitation project.

•Representation of a public agency in an economic development loan for a tourism destination.

•Representation of the owner in the development, financing, and disposition of the W Boston Hotel and Residences.

•Representation of a public charter school in its New Market Tax Credit and tax exempt bond financing for a new school location in East Boston.

•Representation of a developer in multiple New Market Tax Credit/State and Federal Historic Tax Credit transactions for the renovation of historic buildings into commercial and residential space.

•Representation of a non-profit developer in the development of a residential building containing market rate and affordable housing (rental and condominium).

•Representation of a national insurance company in mortgage loans secured by office buildings, multi-family developments, and shopping centers.

•Representation of developers undertaking the permitting, financing and development of mixed-use, commercial and residential projects in Greater Boston.

•Permitting of Institutional Master Plans and major projects for educational and health care institutions.

Before Edwards Wildman

Ms. Lee was previously the Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, where she was the chief operating officer and responsible for coordinating policy development, overseeing the development review process, and negotiating real estate acquisition, disposition and financing transactions on behalf of the BRA.

Prior to joining the BRA, Ms. Lee was a Real Estate Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP.

Before becoming an attorney, she was a Program Officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director of Special Projects for the South Bronx Development Office, and Director of Economic Development for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Ms. Lee is an avid baseball fan and a chamber musician. She participates annually in the Chamber Music Conference and Composer's Forum of the East at Bennington College.

Due Diligence and Negotiation of a Brownfield Development Purchase and Sale Agreement
May 1, 2014 event
Preservonomics 101: The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
March 20, 2014 event
ACDC Inspiration Gala 2010
June 18, 2010 event

Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes 35 Edwards Wildman Lawyers for Excellence
June 4, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Rebecca A. Lee Addresses Eminent Domain on
April 15, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Rebecca A. Lee Selected for the Boston Business Journal's Inaugural Bizwomen Mentoring Event
March 10, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Rebecca A. Lee Named a Boston Business Journal Legacy Award Honoree at its 2014 Advancing Women Event
February 5, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Rebecca A. Lee Elected Trustee of The Boston Harbor Association
November 22, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Rebecca A. Lee Comments on the Mad Dash for Development in Real Estate Bisnow
September 6, 2013
Chambers USA 2013 Ranks 36 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
May 28, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Rebecca Lee and Emily Yu Attend AALAM's Biggest-Ever Banquet, Reports Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
May 15, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Rebecca Lee Receives Founders Award from AALAM, Reports Boston Media
April 17, 2013
The Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts Presents Rebecca A. Lee with the Founders Award
April 12, 2013


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Rebecca A. Lee

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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