Susan P. Phillips: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Susan P. Phillips


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Practice Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • Brownfield Remediation & Redevelopment
  • Transactional Representation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Permitting
  • Insurance
  • Approvals & Appeals
  • Sale / Leasebacks
  • EB-5 Financing
  • Real Estate
  • Manufacturing
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.1713
Fax: 617-542-2241
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name (e.g.,
University Cornell University, B.A.
Law SchoolUniversity of Chicago, J.D.
Admitted1987, Massachusetts

Professional & Community Involvement
•Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
•Member, ASTM International
•Member, New England Women in Energy and the Environment
•Board member, Elizabeth Stone House
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
•Member, Boston Bar Association


For over 26 years, Susan's practice has involved the full range of federal, state, and local environmental and land use regulations. As her practice is primarily transactional in nature, she advises developers, lenders, purchasers, and sellers of property with hazardous waste or environmental permitting issues, and assists in securing permits and approvals necessary for property transfer and development. Additionally, she coordinates due diligence and provides counsel in assessing risks, evaluating and obtaining environmental insurance, and structuring transactions in order to effectively allocate environmental risks.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013, the firm received the Acquisition International Legal Award for “US Environmental Law Firm of the Year.” The awards celebrate excellence and reward firms, teams and individuals for their contribution to client service, innovation and commitment to quality.

Susan represents clients in negotiations with state and local environmental agencies, and has represented manufacturing and other industrial businesses with respect to a wide variety of environmental matters, including state and federal air quality, storm water discharge, wetlands, petroleum storage tanks, Chapter 91, groundwater withdrawal, asbestos, lead paint, indoor air, and other regulatory compliance issues.

Her particular emphasis is on advising national retail store chains on the acquisition and redevelopment of Brownfield sites throughout the country. She assists in the purchase and cleanup of individual properties, as well as in financing multistate property portfolios through sale/leaseback and other mechanisms, including counseling clients on disclosure and working with rating agencies on environmental issues. Susan has addressed environmental concerns in the acquisition and ground-leasing of more than 4,300 properties in over 40 states. She has also served as environmental counsel on more than 50 sale-leaseback transactions involving more than 2,500 retail properties with an aggregate value of approximately $8 billion.

Susan is actively involved with ASTM International in the development of various environmental standards. She co-chaired the drafting committee and was also a member of the legal committee for the Standard for Vapor Intrusion Assessment in Real Estate Transactions, published in 2008, and collaborated on the subsequent Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions, published in 2010. She is also a member of the Task Group that developed ASTM's new Phase I Standard published in 2013.

• Eighty-Five Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, ( 10.17.2014 )
• Sixty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2015 Edition, ( 08.18.2014 )
• Fifty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2014 Guide, ( 05.23.2014 )
• Seventy-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, ( 10.21.2013 )
• Sixty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Edition, ( 08.15.2013 )
• Forty-Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2013 Guide, ( 05.24.2013 )
• Seventy-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, ( 10.22.2012 )
• Sixty Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 Edition, ( 08.24.2012 )
• Forty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2012 Guide, ( 06.07.2012 )
• Quoted in Top Five Challenges Lenders Face in Environmental Due Diligence - and How You Can Help, EDR Insider ( 12.2011 )
• Fifty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, ( 10.21.2011 )
• Quoted in A Word from the Legal Field, EDR Insider ( 09.01.2011 )
• Quoted in Environmental Due Diligence and You: Creating and Updating an Environmental Risk Management Policy, Environmental Data Resources, Inc. ( 09.01.2011 )
• Thirty Four Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2011 Guide, ( 03.21.2011 )
• Quoted in Vapor Intrusion Seeps Into Indoor Air Nationwide - and Into the Minds of Regulators, Attorneys, and the Public: Are You Prepared?, Air & Waste Management Association Environmental Magazine ( 02.01.2011 )
• Quoted in Vapor Intrusion and ASTM's Revised Vapor Encroachment Standard, Environmental Protection ( 12.06.2010 )
• Forty-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, ( 10.19.2010 )
• Quoted in M&A Transactions: Are You Making These Costly Due Diligence Mistakes?, EHS Journal ( 08.2010 )
• Forty-Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, ( 10.27.2009 )
• Quoted in RECs, Business Environmental Risk and De Minimis Conditions, ESA Report ( 09.2009 )
• Quoted in Industry Responds To 'Reliance Letter' Language under U.S. SBA'S New Environmental Guidelines, ESA Report ( 06.2009 )
• Quoted in Clear the Air: Property Owners Can Take Steps to Avoid Vapor Intrusion Risks, CIRE Magazine ( 03.2009 )
• Quoted in The Latest in Environmental Site Assessments, ESA Report ( 01.2009 )
• Forty-Six Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, ( 10.29.2008 )
• Forty-Five Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, ( 10.25.2007 )

Awards & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law (2014 - 2015)
Chambers USA: Massachusetts - Environment (2011 - 2014)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Environmental (2006 - 2014)
Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

• Co-author, Tenants Off The Hook: EPA's New Policy Under CERCLA., Law360 ( 01.25.2013 )
• Co-author, The Rising Risks of Chlorinated Solvent Contamination, Law360 ( 07.03.2012 )
• Co-author, Risks Increasing for Properties with Chlorinated Solvent Contamination, Environmental Law Alert ( 06.06.2012 )
• The Second Circuit Reinstates Global Warming Federal Nuisance Claims against Utilities: Connecticut, et al. v. American Electric Power Co., Inc., et al., Environmental Law Alert ( 10.01.2009 )
• Author, Addressing Vapor Intrusion, Real Estate Finance and Investment ( 03.17.2008 )
• Vapor Intrusion: Invisible Menace to the Bottom Line, Real Estate Finance Journal ( 09.2007 )
• Author, Environmental Due Diligence for Sale/Leaseback, Chain Store Age ( 04.19.2007 )
• Author, For Sale: Environmental Due Diligence Pays Off for Retailers, Real Estate Weekly Insider's Outlook ( 04.04.2007 )


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Susan P. Phillips

BostonMA 02111


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