Attorney Profile:

James D. Masterman

James D. Masterman: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP


James D. Masterman is a trial lawyer with a broad range of experience in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation, including tax proceedings and lease arbitrations, and in the litigation of land use and property rights issues. His representation of commercial, industrial and residential property owners and developers requires his appearance in U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and every state and administrative court of Massachusetts and throughout New England. His advice is sought by multi-property clients on a national basis on all aspects of eminent domain, and by developers seeking public assistance with land assemblage for large-scale, public- private partnership projects. Jim served as Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee of Condemnation and Land Use Litigation and is a frequent lecturer and writer on the topic.


•Valuation disputes
•Eminent domain
•Property rights
•Tax proceedings

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Chief Editor, Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts, MCLE, Inc., 3rd edition, February 29, 2016
•Co-Author, Rearranging the Deck Chairs when the Ship Is Going Down: Protecting Your Condemnation Record for Appeal , The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, May 2015
•Author, U.S. Municipalities Pursue Eminent Domain Strategy to Prevent Urban Blight , Law360, August 26, 2013
•Author, An Eminent Domain Play for Loans Is All Wet , National Law Journal, August 19, 2013
•Author, Brockton Rejects Scheme to Take Underwater Mortgages , Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, August 8, 2013

Media Coverage

•Quoted, BRA May Be Expanding Sox Street Deal , Commonwealth magazine, August 22, 2013
•Quoted, BRA Seeking Extension of Red Sox License Deal , The Boston Globe, May 28, 2013
•Quoted, Lawyers Debate Brockton's Foreclosure Strategy , Enterprise News, March 22, 2013
•Quoted, Brockton Becoming Battleground for Eminent Domain Fight , Enterprise News, March 20, 2013
•Featured, Greenberg Traurig Shareholder James D. Masterman Elected to Owners' Counsel of America's Board of Directors , Boston CityBiz List, March 4, 2013


•Co-Author, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Law of Eminent Domain - Fifty State Survey , American Bar Association, 2012
•Author, Cost Is Not Value: Post-Inmar Valuations, 10 Real Estate Finance 33, 1993


•Presenter, Effective Case Planning: Getting Your Case Off to a Good Start, ALI Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation 2017, San Diego, CA, January 2017
•Presenter, Negotiation: When to Mediate Which Cases and How to Demonstrate Risk Without Giving Away the Farm, ALI Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation 2017, San Diego, CA, January 2017
•Moderator, Property & Portfolio-Level Due Diligence for Acquisitions: The Need to Know & Do, 13th Annual Winter Forum On Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA, January 2016
•Presenter, Fundamentals of Real Estate: Commercial Real Estate Appraisals, Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), April 2015
•Presenter, Anatomy of an Appraisal Report: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, ALI-CLE, February 2015

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2007-2017
• Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Boston, 2013 and 2016
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers , Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Real Estate - Litigation, 2017
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2005-2016
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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•Law Clerk, Honorable John J. McNaught of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Noteworthy Experience

•Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

10.21.16 15 Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers

08.16.16 10 Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Listed in 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

01.25.16 Greenberg Traurig Sponsors 13th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing

10.23.15 18 Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers

08.24.15 9 Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Listed in 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

08.18.15 24 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed as 2016 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America

04.27.15 Greenberg Traurig's James D. Masterman Presents at REFA's Commercial Real Estate Appraisals Program

11.07.14 16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Included in 2014 Edition of Massachusetts Supers Lawyers

08.26.14 Nine Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Listed in 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

08.20.14 Greenberg Traurig's James D. Masterman Presents at The American Bar Association's Annual Meeting Section of Litigation Event

Published Articles

05.01.15 Rearranging the Deck Chairs when the Ship Is Going Down: Protecting Your Condemnation Record for Appeal

03.30.12 Eminent domain and the commercial lease (subscription)

03.21.12 Eminent domain and the commercial lease (subscription)

01.26.12 Landlord and Tenant in Eminent Domain

11.01.10 Deposition Of The Appraiser In Takings Case

04.09.09 Preparation of the Appraiser as an Expert Witness


03.21.12 Eminent Domain and the Commercial Lease

11.29.10 High Speed Rail

09.10.08 The Real Estate Value of 'Green'

04.08.08 Fundamentals: Eminent Domain Law and Real Estate Valuation

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Operations
  • Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
617.310.6284  Phone
617.279.8408  Fax
University Attended:
Cornell University, B.A., 1976
Law School Attended:
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1979
1979, Massachusetts; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. Tax Court

Professional & Community Involvement

•Elected Town Meeting Member, Town of Needham, Massachusetts
•Founding Charter Member, Owners' Counsel of America
•Council Member, Boston Bar Association, 2007-2010
•Chair, American Bar Association, Zoning and Land Use Litigation, Committee on Condemnation, 1995-1998
•Advisor, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Advisory Panel on Housing, 2004
•Member, Town of Needham, Finance Committee, 1999-2002
•Affiliate Member, The Appraisal Institute

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Reported Decisions: Central Steel v. Somerville Redevelopment Authority , 447 Mass. 337 (2006) (industrial); Boston Water & Sewer Commission v. Commonwealth , 64 Mass. App. Ct. 611 (2005) (public land); Liberty Square Dev. Trust v. Worcester , 441 Mass. 605 (2004) (warehouse); Portland Natural Gas Transmission System v. 19.2 Acres of Land , 318 F. 3d 279 (1st cir. 2003) (industrial land); Massachusetts & New England Eminent Domain Cases: Tara Investment Holdings v. Massachusetts Port Authority (parking facility); Henri Jacques, LLC v. Boston Redevelopment Authority (office building); Extra Space Storage v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts (self-storage); One Pond Street LLC (Grossman Companies) v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts (land for office); Terraces Inc. v. Town of Ashland MA (residential land); Beverly Commerce Park, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of the City of Beverly MA (tax proceeding); State of New Hampshire v. Mobil Oil Company, Hillsborough County NH (gas station); State of Connecticut v. Hartford New Park LP, Hartford County CT (office land); National Eminent Domain Cases: Flood Control District of Coconino County v.Goldenberg, Trustee, et al ., Coconino County (Flagstaff) AZ (residential land); State of California (CalTrans) v. Star Scrap Metal Company, et al ., Los Angeles County CA (scrap metal recycling facility); United States (GSA) v . SYG Venture (Duty Free Americas), San Diego County CA (retail and parking); Regional Transportation District v. Leal, et al. , Denver County CO (lender rights); Sabail Trail Transmission v. Osceola Crossings (Tupperware), Osceola County FLA (pipeline); City of Brooklyn Park v. Brooklyn Park Showroom, et al ., Hennepin County MN (office building land); State of Texas v. Inland Western Southlake LP , Tarrant County TX (retail land and building); State of Texas v. Inland Western Grapevine LP , Tarrant County TX (retail land); Interstate Supply Co. v. Orion Refining Corporation , U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del) (industrial)

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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